By Alex McLeish

29th Jul, 2021 | 7:00pm

Ex-manager: Benitez will be thrilled by latest agreed Everton deal after Coleman signs extension

Rafael Benitez will be thrilled Seamus Coleman has signed a contract extension at Everton, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Spanish boss would use the 32-year-old as a “sounding board” after joining the Toffees.

Everton confirmed on Wednesday (July 28th) Coleman had penned a one-year extension keeping him at Goodison until 2023.

His old terms were set to expire next summer.

The Republic of Ireland international is currently the club captain.

However, Benitez has admitted he is yet to set that in stone for the new campaign.

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Despite that, McLeish suggested the former Newcastle boss would be delighted to have tied Coleman down.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Top signing. Great to have one of the experienced guys on board.

“He’ll also be a sounding board for the manager, Benitez, as well.

“It’s something I found very comforting when I went to one of the clubs. You could really get close to one or two of the older players, the experienced guys, and also even pick their brains.

“I did that and I don’t think that it’s any different now. He will lean heavily on them, I’m sure, Benitez.”

Coleman has played 350 times for Everton since joining the club in 2009.

He was handed the armband in 2019 after Phil Jagielka’s departure for Sheffield United.

The Republic of Ireland star made 31 appearances across all competitions last season, 25 in the Premier League.

A muscle injury forced him out to sit out seven games between October and December.

In other news, Danny Mills has made exciting Everton transfer prediction as more deals done.