On Monday evening, Everton confirmed that midfielder Muhamed Bešić had signed a new 5 ½ year contract, extending his stay in Merseyside through the 2021 season. The 23-year-old midfielder signed with the Blues from Ferencváros in Hungary in 2014 after a standout performance for Bosnia in the World Cup.
Bešić has made just nine appearances this campaign as he had been struggling with a thigh injury early on. He ended up being named the club's Player of the Month in January and manager Roberto Martinez has stated that the player "is going to have a big say from now until the end of the season"; so expect to see more of him on the pitch going forward.
Below are some quotes from the player contained in the club's release:
"I'm really happy to have signed a new contract with a club such as Everton...After a year and a half with the Club, it makes me proud that they have given me a new deal.
When I first arrived here it was difficult for me, but now I feel at home. The supporters, as well as the manager, the staff and my teammates, have all made me welcome at the Club and I feel really happy.
It was very easy when I heard about it. It was clear that I wanted to stay and sign the new contract.
When people look at my game, before and now, I think I have improved a lot in many different areas. But, like you have seen, I am still adapting to the league and I will continue to work hard and give my best.
We always speak about things we want to achieve, Europe and other things. We have to show it on the pitch and do it. The next 12 games and also Chelsea in the FA Cup, I hope we can do our speaking on the pitch."