He may have struggled for regular playing time over the past couple of seasons, but that hasn't prevented Everton from offering a new one-year deal to experienced defender Leighton Baines.
The left-back put pen to paper on a new 12-month contract last summer, one that was due to expire on 30 June, but he along with thousands of others was left in limbo due to the coronavirus outbreak impacting contract lengths.
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It will take his stay on Merseyside until the summer of 2021, in what will become his 14th season as a Toffee. A veteran of the league, Baines is expected to sign the deal that will take him past his 36th birthday.
Capped 30 times for England, Baines has also made a staggering 417 appearances for Everton since moving from Wigan in July 2007. His time with the club has brought with it no silverware, however he did reach an FA Cup final in just his second campaign, one his side lost out on with a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.
While trophies haven't been forthcoming, goals certainly have. Baines forged a name for himself in England with a thunderous left foot, one that has helped him net a hugely commendable 39 club goals in Toffees colours.
Maarten Stekelenburg, Oumar Niasse and Cuco Martina are the others, although Everton are yet to decide whether to hand the trio extensions or let them leave before the 2019/20 Premier League season is concluded.
Source : 90min