Thursday 03 January 2013

News in brief: Jagielka commits future to Everton

30-year-old England defender agrees new deal that ties him to Goodison Park until 2017

Phil Jagielka scored in Everton's Boxing Day victory against Wigan

Phil Jagielka has committed his future to Everton after agreeing a new deal that will keep him at Goodison Park until 2017.

"Phil is a hugely important and influential player and I look forward to seeing him play in a blue shirt for many years to come"
Robert Elstone

The 30-year-old, whose previous contract was due to run until the end of the 2014/15 campaign, has been a mainstay of the Everton rearguard since his £4m move to the Barclays Premier League club from Sheffield United in 2007.

Jagielka has made 152 Barclays Premier League appearances for David Moyes’s side and contributed seven goals to the cause. The defender also memorably scored the winning penalty in the FA Cup semi-final shoot-out against Manchester United in 2009, the year he was voted Everton’s Player and Players’ Player of the Year.

The Sale-bron centre-back has also broken into the England set-up, claiming 16 caps and one goal for his country.

“Phil is a hugely important and influential player and I, like many Evertonians, look forward to seeing him play in a blue shirt for many years to come,” Everton’s chief executive Robert Elstone told the club’s official website.

“Discussions have been taking place for a short while and, now they are completed, I would like to thank Phil and his representatives for the professionalism and courtesy shown throughout those negotiations.”

The new comes two days after fellow defender Seamus Coleman also agreed a new deal.

Shawcross extends Stoke stay

Defender Ryan Shawcross has also agreed terms on a new deal after agreeing a new five-and-a-half year contract with Stoke City.

"He's been the bedrock of what we've been trying to do over the past five or six years"
Tony Pulis

The centre-back, who had 18 months remaining on his existing deal, joined Stoke from Manchester United in 2008 following a successful loan spell during which he helped the Potters win promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

He has since cemented a regular place in Tony Pulis’s side, helping the Potters achieve the third best defensive record in the English top flight this season, with just one more goal conceded (20) than Manchester City and Chelsea.

"He's been the bedrock of what we've been trying to do over the past five or six years," said Pulis, of the 25-year-old who won his first England cap in the recent 4-2 friendly defeat by Sweden. "We're really pleased that he's finally agreed [to extend his contract]."

Shawcross, who has made 186 Barclays Premier League appearances for the 10th-placed Potters, has missed just one top-flight match this campaign.

"I’m delighted to sign the new contract," the Stoke captain told the club's website. "It took a long while to complete but I’m very pleased to commit my future to the club.”

Kaboul setback for Spurs

News on the defensive front is not quite so encouraging for Tottenham Hotspur who will have to make do without the services of Younes Kaboul until February at the earliest.

"It's difficult to say now which game he will be back but hopefully mid- or end of February"
Steffen Freund

The 26-year-old, who was one of the Londoners’ standout players last season, has yet to play this season after sustaining a knee injury during pre-season and is likely to be sidelined for at least another six weeks.

"He's on a six-week programme from the medical staff and starting to work now with the fitness coaches," said assistant manager Stephen Freund. "It's difficult to say now which game he will be back but hopefully mid- or end of February."

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Key Points

  • Phil Jagielka commits future to Everton after signing contract extension
  • Richard Shawcross 'delighted' with new five-and-a-half year Stoke dealay
  • Tottenham Hotspur's Younes Kaboul sidelined for at least another six weeks