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Mirallas - Everton’s ambition behind my decision to sign new deal

Belgian winger targets silverware after committing his future to the club

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It may be 48 hours later than Bill Kenwright predicted, but Kevin Mirallas has signed a new three-year contract at Goodison Park.

Kenwright broke the news that Mirallas was set to sign fresh terms at Everton’s end of season awards on Tuesday.

The Belgian has duly signed on for a further three-years through to the summer of 2020.

The 29-year-old moved to Goodison Park from Olympiakos in 2012 and says the club’s ambition was behind his decision to stay on.

“This contract is very important for me and my family. I am very happy here – this is the best club for me.

“I’ve been here five years and it’s very important for me to win a trophy here. I’ve said before that my dream is to win at least one trophy with Everton and I firmly believe we are heading in the right direction.

“We have an amazing manager, an amazing team, and amazing fans.

“This is an exciting time for the Club. I hope we sign some top players to fight for the Champions League places next season.

“There’s also a big project with the new stadium, which the Chairman and Farhad Moshiri have been pushing forward with – and all of that is very important for me.”

Mirallas has proven to be an enigmatic and often divisive figure amongst Evertonians, mainly due to his infuriating inconsistency.

The Belgian winger has the talent to be a top class forward but all too often goes missing when it matters.

It’s an issue that’s not gone unnoticed by Ronald Koeman who, while an admirer of Mirallas’ abilities, has demanded he show a greater level of consistency in the coming three seasons.

Mirallas added:

“The manager was a very important part in my decision to sign a new contract because he believes in my qualities.

“I have spoken with the manager and I know he wants more from me - more assists, more goals, more consistency.

“I will work hard for that and hope to play even better next season.

“I think I need to be more consistent in games. All my family and friends say, ‘You need to do more, you need to do more,’ and I will work hard to achieve that.”