By Matt Farr
Everton attacker Kevin Mirallas has signed a new long-term contract at the club, it has been confirmed.
The Merseyside club revealed on their official website on Friday night that the 29-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a fresh three-year-deal at Goodison Park, which will run until the summer of 2020.
Mirallas has been an important player for Everton following his arrival from Olympiacos in August 2012, and Ronald Koeman has moved to ensure he will remain a key player for years to come.
The Belgium international has been in fine form this season, scoring four goals and supplying six assists in all competitions.
He is nearing the end of his fifth season at the club, and had just one year left to run on his previous deal.
Yet while fans will no doubt be delighted to see Mirallas commit his future to the club, they will view the current uncertainty regarding the futures of Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku as a more pressing concern.
The 23-year-old pair appear destined for the exit door at Everton this summer, with neither player actively seeking to sign on the dotted line in the coming weeks.
Lukaku has already snubbed the offer of a new deal, having set his sights on playing Champions League football next season.
Meanwhile, Barkley’s future could be determined within the next few days, following an ultimatum from manager Koeman that demanded he sign a new deal or be sold.
Football Insider verdict
Mirallas has been a valuable player for Everton over the years, and deserves to be kept on board. There are still areas where the attacker can improve, particularly in his consistency and product in the final third, but Koeman has already challenged him to make such improvements to his game. Nevertheless, the decision to offer him a new three-year-deal suggests Koeman is still a big fan of Mirallas’ talents, and rules out the possibility of him being sold this summer as part of Koeman’s ongoing overhaul of the first-team squad.
In other Everton transfer news, this Toffees striker has had his deal terminated, according to a reliable journalist.