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Football: Baines commits to Everton with four-year deal

Published on Jan 27, 2014 7:22 PM
 
Liverpool's Lucas Leiva (left) challenges Everton's Leighton Baines during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, northern England, on Nov 23, 2013. Everton defender Leighton Baines has committed his future to the football club after signing a new four-year deal, the Premier League side announced on Monday, Jan 27, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Everton defender Leighton Baines has committed his future to the football club after signing a new four-year deal, the Premier League side announced on Monday.

The England international had 17 months left on his contract at Goodison Park and despite reports that he was wanted by former manager David Moyes at Manchester United, the 29-year-old left-back has chosen to remain at Goodison Park.

"It would be an understatement to say we are delighted to secure the best footballing years of Leighton Baines at our club," manager Roberto Martinez told the club's official website (www.evertonfc.com).

"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."

 
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