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Everton have option to extend Kevin Mirallas' contract

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Everton remain unconcerned about the future of Kevin Mirallas despite the winger entering the final 18 months of his contract and being linked with a big money summer move.

And now we know why.

The Liverpool Echo are reporting that Everton have a 12 month extension clause built into Mirallas' contract, meaning they have the ability to tie the Belgian down until 2017.

Preliminary talks have already taken place over a new deal, but I sense much will depend on how Everton progress between now and the end of the season.

The presence of an extension clause does not mean Mirallas is guaranteed to stay beyond this summer. But it does strengthen Everton's hand when it comes to negotiations.

At 27 with a contract until 2017, Everton would be selling a player at the peak of his career so could command a premium price, giving Roberto Martinez a hefty transfer kitty to strengthen the squad.

We all, of course, want Mirallas to stay. But the presence of this extension clause at least rules the nightmare scenario of him leaving the club on the cheap. Something Everton cannot afford in their financial position.