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Boost for Everton on the eve of the season as midfielder signs new long-term deal

McCarthy signs new deal at Everton despite the media's best efforts to flog him elsewhere

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James McCarthy has ended speculation about his Everton future by signing a new five-year contract at Goodison Park.

The Ireland midfielder joined Everton on transfer deadline day in August 2013 and has been rewarded for two excellent seasons on Merseyside that has seen him develop into one of the team's key players.

His performances haven't gone unnoticed though and speculation has continually linked him with a move away from the club this summer.

Much of the speculation was believed to have stemmed from his agent, who was keen for McCarthy to join the likes of Ross Barkley and John Stones in signing new, improved deals.

As such, articles such as this one, linking him with a move to the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham, were treated with suspicion and even derision by supporters on social media.

Such speculation has now been put to bed with McCarthy's new deal tying him to the club until 2020 and gives everyone a much needed boost on the eve of the new season.

Speaking about his new contract, McCarthy said:

"I’m buzzing and delighted to be committing my future long-term to Everton. I’ve loved every minute I’ve been here, with the fans having made me feel so welcome from day one, as well as the players and staff.

"This is a brilliant club with a brilliant fanbase and what we want to try to do is bring some success here and push forward.

"The gaffer is trying to build a team and a squad for the long-term and I’m excited to be a part of that and to be a part of this team."