According to the Everton FC official web site, Everton trio Baines, Barry and Holgate sign new contracts.
Ronald Koeman has hailed contract extensions for Gaeth Barrry and Leighton Baines, “leaders in our dressing room and on the pitch”, and for 20-year-old Mason Holgate, “one of the big talents at the Club”.
Everton FC said in a statement: “Barry, 35, whose 609 appearances in the Premier League is a total exceeded only by Ryan Giggs, has extended his contract to June 2018. Baines, 32, who is in his 10th season at Everton having made 351 appearances for the Club, extended his contract to June 2019 and Holgate, who was handed his Premier League debut by Koeman in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham on the opening day of the season, has extended his contract to June 2021.”
Everton manager Koeman said: “With Leighton, his attitude is always perfect. He likes to work hard, he likes to learn, he is a technical player with a good view of the game and I’m really happy to have him in the team this season and also for the longer term. “
Barry said: “The new manager has come in and given me a new lease of life. It’s someone else to try and impress and new tactics to take on board. It’s really helped my game and I’m looking forward to taking that on and enjoying this season, which is hopefully a successful one.”
Baines said: “The majority of my career I’ve spent here at Everton and it’s something that I hope will continue even beyond these next few years. I hope I’m always affiliated with Everton. It’s a huge honour for me to play for the Club for as long as I have and I’m very proud to have been here for as long as I have been.”
Holgate said: “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind this season, to be honest. I wasn’t expecting it but I’m really enjoying it and hopefully there are many more experiences to come. My confidence has grown as I’ve spent more time with the first team. I feel settled now and a proper part of the group.”
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