Everton Football Club have confirmed that manager Roberto Martinez has signed a new five-year contract.

The Spaniard who joined Everton from Wigan Athletic managed to get the Merseyside club into 5th position in the Premier League last season.

With Everton playing European football next term Martinez has been rewarded for his excellent first season.

Martinez said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to make a further commitment to Everton.

"I loved my first season at the Club. I could not be more proud of the way Everton performed throughout the entire season and the memories we were able to make together.

“I am really excited about next season. I knew from the moment I arrived at Everton that this was a special place and I’d like to thank everyone associated with the Club, the board, all the staff, the players and our brilliant supporters for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to build on the traditions and success of this great club.”

Martinez who is known for his teams playing attractive football did well in the transfer market getting Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea and Gareth Barry from Manchester City on loan.

He also brought through young English players into the first-team such as Ross Barkley and John Stones.

With Martinez having now signed a long term deal to stay at the club he is likely to have money available to spend on players this summer.

This news will also give Everton's best players such as the aforementioned Barkley more incentive to stay at the club.

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