By Alex Taylor
Leighton Baines is set to be offered a new contract by Everton and fans have taken to Twitter to give their reaction to the news.
The defender has enjoyed nine successful seasons at the club, and has been named their Player of the Season on two seperate occasions. The star’s new deal could take him past a decade of service to the Merseyside outfit.
The Liverpool Echo reported that Baines will begin negotiations with Everton over a new contract in the near future.
Here’s how social media users responded to the report:
Leighton Baines new contract ?
— Alan Collins (@CollinsEFC) July 28, 2016
Baines to be offered a new contract is great news,I’d keep him at the club at all costs,would love to see him take up a coaching roll too.
— kb (@KBURKE1878) July 28, 2016
Baines meant to be signing a new deal shortly according to the Echo. Be great news, hopefully the inj problems of last year are behind him
— Ghedin1878 (@Ghedin1878) July 29, 2016
— Dave Sullivan (@bittertoffee) July 29, 2016
Evertonians adore Baines & Coleman. Loyalty shown incredible too. https://t.co/MeQZXXGZc8
— FollowEverton.com (@followeverton) July 28, 2016
Leighton Baines singing another contract could be a strong move by Ronald Koeman.
— Alex Taylor (@AlexTaylorMedia) July 29, 2016
Baines has clearly got a lot of support from Toffee fans and despite still having three years remaining on his current contract, the player will be offered the chance to commit his long-term future to the club.
The defender has been an ever-present in the Everton team since joining Goodison Park, and has been named in the Premier League PFA Team of the Year twice after his consistent performances at full-back.
Baines recently welcomed the competition from youngsters Brendan Galloway and Luke Garbutt for a starting spot next season, although the fan-favourite can be expected to maintain his place under new manager Ronald Koeman.
The left-back joined the Merseyside club in 2007 after agreeing a £6million deal from Wigan, and has made over 300 appearances during his stay.
Everton start their Premier League campaign against Tottenham on 13 August and the first Merseyside clash with Liverpool is in December.
In other Everton team news, their fans have reacted on Twitter as their converted striker impresses again in pre-season.