Everton's John Stones signs new five-year deal
The 20-year-old has agreed terms on an improved five-year contract, following hot on the heels of teammates Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman
Everton made a further move to secure their future today, locking up highly promising young defender John Stones on a new five-year deal.
The 20-year-old made 26 appearances for Roberto Martinez' side last season, impressing enough to earn an England call-up.
He has been rewarded with a significant upgrade on his current deal, with Everton moving quickly to ward off interest from the Premier League's giants.
"I am over the moon," Stones told the club's official website. "It's just been such a great last season and to get pen to paper on a new deal is a dream come true.
"The last 12 months have been so enjoyable thanks to the faith that the manager has shown in me and all the players. What we achieved was unbelievable. It was a very memorable season and hopefully there's more to come."
The 20-year-old has earned two England caps
Stones' new deal comes hot on the heels of similar new contracts signed by Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman in recent weeks.
Barley's four-year, upwards of £65000 a week deal is reflective of his enormous promise and the esteem in which he is held by clubs higher up the food chain than Everton.
Roberto Martinez seemed equally as pleased as Stones with the news of the new deal.
"It is an important signing for the club and a really good reward for a young footballer with a fantastic future," Martinez said.
"He had an excellent season in 2013-14 and it's really good news all round.
"It is very important that we continue to let our youngsters continue to develop into bigger roles."
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