Danny Mills suggested Leighton Baines may be handed a one-year contract by Everton as uncertainty remains over the Premier League calendar.
The former Leeds United full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 35-year-old may be needed next season if there is “not enough time” to complete transfers before the start of next season.
The Premier League, along with the FA and EFL, released a statement yesterday extending the suspension of fixtures from April 4 to April 30.
However, with the outbreak of COVID-19 likely to peak over the coming months the authorities have suggested that, in effect, the season is suspended indefinitely.
Baines is out of contract this June having spent 13 years at Goodison Park.
However, Mills believes the left-back may be handed a new deal.
“You would assume something like that would have been sorted already,” Mills told Football Insider.
“But, there is going to be turbulence because we do not know when the season is going to finish or when the new season is going to start. How long will the transfer window be and how long is that gap?
“Everton might give him another year. Clubs might need bodies in because there may not be enough time to get business done.
“It will be a really interesting period when the teams come back and start playing again. How long that break will be between seasons and how long the transfer window will be will ultimately determine it.”
According to The Athletic, Ancelotti is pushing for Baines to put pen to paper on a new one-year deal at Goodison Park.