Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has signed a short-term contract extension with the club until the end of the 2019-20 season, before leaving Goodison Park for Ajax.
Stekelenburg’s current deal was set to run out on June 30, but given the current Premier League campaign will not end until July 26 due to the coronavirus-enforced suspension, the Dutchman has signed fresh terms until the final game of the season.
The 37-year-old will then leave Everton and return to the Netherlands, having agreed to link up again with Dutch giants Ajax, where he won two league titles and three Dutch Cups between 2002 and 2011.
Stekelenburg was Ronald Koeman’s first signing as Everton manager in the summer of 2016, joining from Fulham for an undisclosed fee after spending the previous campaign on loan at Koeman’s Southampton.
But after initially being first-choice at Everton under Koeman, he has not enjoyed a single Premier League outing since Jordan Pickford’s arrival in June 2017.
He has not made an Everton appearance of any sort for almost two years; his 26th and most recent coming in the EFL Cup defeat to Southampton in October 2018.
Stekelenburg was one of two goalkeepers named on Carlo Ancelotti’s substitutes bench in Sunday’s goalless draw with Liverpool, as well as youngster Joao Virginia, whose loan spell with Reading was cut short after a lack of opportunities.
Meanwhile, fellow stopper Jonas Lossl remains on loan at Huddersfield Town, the club he left for Goodison last summer, only to still be waiting for his Everton debut.