Everton defender Leighton Baines has signed a new four year contract to stay at Goodison Park.
The 29 year-old has developed into one of the best left backs in world football since he moved from Wigan Athletic in July 2007, and will now likely see out the rest of his career on Merseyside.
“It would be an understatement to say we are delighted to secure the best footballing years of Leighton Baines at our club,” said manager Everton boss Roberto Martinez to the official club website.
“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.
“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.”
Baines was previously linked with Manchester United.