Arsenal transfers: Seamus Coleman pens new Everton deal

Arsenal transfers: Everton full-back Seamus Coleman pens a new five-year deal with the Toffees on Thursday

Seamus Coleman has signed a new Everton deal which will see the Arsenal target stay at Goodison Park until 2019.

The Republic of Ireland international put pen to paper on a five-year deal on Thursday night, ending speculation that the right-back could replace Bacary Sagna at The Emirates.

You hear about speculation. Obviously your friends and so on read about it, but that’s the game we are in – it’s full of speculation

Seamus Coleman

Coleman was one of the Premier League’s standout defenders last season, earning a place on the PFA team of the year after scoring six goals and making two assists in 32 appearances.

“I think a lot of people will realise that last year he had a big part to play,” Coleman told Everton’s website.

“The previous manager was brilliant with me and Roberto’s come in and believed in me as well. He’s been brilliant for me and it was a big reason, how respected he is by all the players.

“You hear about speculation. Obviously your friends and so on read about it, but that’s the game we are in – it’s full of speculation.

“I never thought about anything else but staying and I’m happy to sign the new contract. More than happy, really.”

The 25-year-old was one of David Moyes’s shrewdest purchases after Coleman completed a £60,000 switch from Airtricity outfit Sligo Rovers in 2009.

And the Everton player of the year added: “I’ve been at Everton five years now and I love everything around the place. I love working with all the players, the staff, the coaching staff – everything. It was a very happy decision to make. I was delighted to get the chance to sign another contract.

“With the manager and some of the players we have, we’re going to the right places. With the Europa League as well next season, I’m looking forward to it.

“I’m not reflecting too much on last season. I’m more thinking about what is coming up, getting ready to go and try to do as well again.”

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