By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Muhamed Besic has signed a new Everton contract, the club announced on Monday night.
The Bosnian midfielder has agreed a five-and-a-half-year deal on improved terms that runs until 2021.
The 23-year-old, who was voted Everton’s player of the month in January, has become a firm favourite at Goodison Park because of his combative style since his £4million move from Hungarian club Ferencvaros in 2014.
Injury has restricted Besic to just nine appearances this season but manager Roberto Martinez is convinced the Bosnia-Herzegovnia international is going to have a big part to play between now and the end of the campaign.
The player is pleased to have committed his future to the club.
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“I’m really happy to have signed a new contract with a club such as Everton,” Besic told the club’s website. “After a year and a half with the Club, it makes me proud that they have given me a new deal.
“When I first arrived here it was difficult for me, but now I feel at home. The supporters, as well as the manager, the staff and my teammates, have all made me welcome at the Club and I feel really happy.
“It was very easy when I heard about it. It was clear that I wanted to stay and sign the new contract.
“When people look at my game, before and now, I think I have improved a lot in many different areas. But, like you have seen, I am still adapting to the league and I will continue to work hard and give my best.
“We always speak about things we want to achieve, Europe and other things. We have to show it on the pitch and do it. The next 12 games and also Chelsea in the FA Cup, I hope we can do our speaking on the pitch.”