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Everton wait on Leighton Baines one-year contract offer

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The Toffees left-back is not a regular anymore, but Marco Silva still wants him to stick around

Everton v Valencia - Pre-Season Friendly
Baines fell behind Lucas Digne in the left-back pecking order in 2018-19
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Everton have reportedly offered Leighton Baines a new deal and are hopeful that the full-back will commit to one more year with the Blues.

Baines, 34, has been with his boyhood club since his £6 million move from Wigan Athletic in July 2007, but his current contract expires at the end of this month.

The left-back was given less game time this season than in any other during his Toffees career; playing second fiddle to summer signing Lucas Digne, Baines made only eight appearances in 2018-19, the last of which came in early February.

But the Liverpool Echo report that Everton manager Marco Silva is keen to keep hold of Baines for another campaign, though the player is yet to have made up his mind.

Baines had been recently linked with a move to Scottish giants Rangers, under the management of former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, but those rumours seem to have been wide of the mark.

Youngster Antonee Robinson meanwhile revealed that he has been in touch with Silva, and will be looking to make the step up to the Premier League next season.

A decision on Baines’ future could be revealed by Friday, when Everton will announce their released and retained lists. Ashley Williams will leave the club following the end of his contract, as could fellow veteran central defender Phil Jagielka.