Soccer-Everton captain Coleman signs new deal until 2023


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - May 19, 2021 Everton's Seamus Coleman General kneels in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign before the match Pool via REUTERS/Peter Powell

(Reuters) - Everton captain Seamus Coleman has signed a new deal that ties him to the club until 2023, the Premier League side said on Wednesday.

Ireland international Coleman, who has been at Goodison Park since 2009 and played 350 times for the club, made 18 Premier League starts last season - missing a large chunk of the campaign with a hamstring injury.

"Discussions with Marcel (Brands, the Director of Football), the Board and the manager were straight forward," Coleman, 32, told Everton.tv.

"It's not something that I just wanted to be given. I worked very hard last season and thought I did quite well in the games that I played in.

"Every day in training I pushed myself to the limits and did all I could to stay and play for a big football club like this. I’m very thankful to Marcel, the manager, the Chairman and the Board to get this done."

Everton ended the 2020-21 season 10th in the Premier League with 59 points.

They lost coach Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid in the close season, but have since replaced him with former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, who won the Champions League during his spell at Anfield.

The Blues start their 2021-22 campaign at home to Southampton on Aug. 14.

(Reporting by Joseph Walker; Editing by Toby Davis)

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