Phil Jagielka signs contract extension with Everton

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Everton captain Phil Jagielka has signed a new contract with the club, with a deal until summer 2018, according to reports from BBC Sport this afternoon.

Jagielka, 32,  who's current contract was set to expire in 2017, has signed on at Goodison Park for what is likely to be the rest of his top flight career.

Speaking following the announcement, Jagielka said the negotiations "took minutes rather than hours", as he was always keen to remain with the Toffees and "being rewarded with the extra year gives me that motivation to keep striving to get better and keep going for as long as possible."

Jagielka has been a mainstay of the Everton defence in recent seasons, and his affinity with the club and his team mates is clear having been voted as Everton's Player of the Year for the 2014-15 campaign.

Jagielka's long standing central defensive partner Sylvain Distin has been released by the club this month, and former Sheffield United defender Jagielka is likely to be joined by England U21 international John Stones at the heart of the Everton defence next season on a permanent basis.

Reward for fine form

Despite a disappointing Premier League campaign for Everton last season, culminating in an 11th place finish, Jagielka enjoyed an improved season following an indifferent 2013-14.

A personal highlight for the Everton skipper was his spectacular last minute equaliser against city rivals Liverpool at Anfield.

Everton manger Roberto Martinez commented on his "absolute delight" at Jagielka's new contract.

“He has excelled as a leader and as a captain of our football club for the last two seasons," the Spaniard was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

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