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Phil Jagielka signs contract extension

Skipper extends stay at Goodison Park

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Everton captain Phil Jagielka has signed a new contract extension keeping him at the club until the summer of 2018.

The deal keeps the former Sheffield United defender on Merseyside until he is 36, meaning he is all but certain to end his career at Goodison Park.

Jagielka joined Everton from Sheffield United in the summer of 2007 and has gone on to be one of the club's most consistent players.

He has made close to 300 appearances for the Toffees and this latest deal means he will spend 11 years with the club.

Jagielka has also become a regular England international, earning 36 caps to date, and was named club captain following Phil Neville's retirement in 2013.

Jagielka swept the board at Everton's end-of-season awards, winning Player of the Year, Players' Player of the Year and Goal of the Season.

Speaking of his new deal, Jagielka said:

"It’s always nice to feel wanted. Being rewarded with the extra year gives me that motivation to keep striving to get better and to keep going for as long as possible.

"It wasn’t the longest negotiations ever – it only took a couple of minutes rather than hours. I love it here, I want to stay here and thankfully enough the Club felt the same.

"The contract was drawn up and I popped back after a little holiday to sign it. Now I look forward to getting back for pre-season."

Manager Roberto Martinez said:

"It’s great news that Phil is extending his relationship with the Club.

"He has excelled as a leader and as a captain of our football club for the last two seasons.

"I am sure everyone connected with the Club will join me in being absolutely delighted that he has signed this extension to his deal."

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