Everton youngster Jack Rodwell has spoken of his delight at signing a new deal with the club.
The highly-rated 19-year old emerged as a target for clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in the early stages of the off season but committed his future to the Toffees by signing a long-term deal.
“It is a brilliant day for me. I’ve been at this club a long time and to sign a new five-year deal is amazing,” he said.
“I’ve been with Everton since I was seven and at that age you don’t really think about the first team. It is only about 16 when you think you start to realise you might have a shot. To play for them is an honour, to get this contract is even better.
“I have been happy at this club ever since so when I got offered a five-year contract I was delighted to sign.
“It is flattering, obviously, because to be linked with clubs like United is an honour but I’m perfectly happy to be here and it is a great club.
“I’ve kept calm and just focused on my football day to day. I trained hard and played hard and knew everything would take care of itself.
“I’ve not had major discussions over it (the new contract), it has not been an issue. I’ve just got my head down and played my football.”
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