Everton right back Seamus Coleman signs a new deal, ending speculation linking him with Arsenal.
Everton have confirmed tonight that right back Seamus Coleman has signed a five-year contract extension at Everton, keeping him at Goodison Park for the foreseeable future.
The 25 year-old Irish right back, who has been linked with Arsenal this summer, has ended speculation surrounding his future and committed his future for the same length of time as manager Roberto Martinez did earlier this month.
With experienced campaigners Tim Howard and Sylvain Distin also having signed new deals recently, it is clear that Martinez is keen to keep a settled side together at Goodison Park as the Toffees look to make an even more concerted push for Champions League qualification this summer.
Coleman, for his part, sounded delighted with his new deal:
“With how much I love playing at Everton, I was delighted to get the chance to sign another contract.”
“With the manager and some of the players we have, we’re going to the right places.”
The Irishman has emerged as one of the Premier League’s finest right backs since signing in 2009 from Sligo Rovers for a five-figure fee, having initially impressed on a short term loan deal with Blackpool.
It is under Martinez that Coleman has really flourished, however, with the Spaniard’s adventurous tactical system allowing Coleman more freedom to make his trademark rampaging runs up the right flank, something that allowed him to be the Premier League’s leading defensive goalscorer last season.