Everton full-back Leighton Baines has signed a contract extension expected to keep him at Goodison Park for the next four years.
With a year and five months left in the defender’s previous contract, he has now penned down a new deal- thought to worth £75,000 per week- until 2017.
“We’re delighted Leighton has signed for the next four years. It gives us a great boost internally and also for the fans,” manager Roberto Martinez said.
Baines rejected a move to Sunderland to join the Toffees in July 2007 for £5m.
He won the Everton Player and Players’ Player of the Season awards after featuring in every minute of the 2012/13 Premier League campaign- a feat he also achieved in the 2010/11 season.
“It’s a massive boost and exciting for the future. Leighton has just turned 29 and brings the right measure of maturity and football knowledge in a very specialised position on the pitch, bringing an infectious and positive influence to the rest of the squad,” Martinez added.
“I know that every fan will be delighted with the news and we all share that excitement looking at what’s left of this campaign and beyond. With the crucial games we have ahead, it is going to be vitally important to have Leighton’s experience there to help us fight for our aims.”
The former England U-21 has earned 22 caps with the national team.