Everton manager Sean Dyche is delighted with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford who is set to sign a new contract at the club.
The new deal will end speculation over the 28-year-old’s future as he was attracting interest from Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
Pickford’s current deal with the Toffees runs out in 2024. But the goalie is willing to extend his stay at Goodison Park despite relegation threats.
With an improved deal on the horizon, new boss Dyche has praised Pickford’s service to the club and also backed the Englishman to continue being important to the team.
“He’s a very very good player, a good servant to this football club so far and he’s gonna continue to be that I’m sure,” Dyche told reporters (via Football Daily).
“I think it’s a sign he’s enjoying the new regime – I think he’s accepted what we’re looking to offer, and I know he’s been a fantastic player, so we want him to continue doing that.”
Pickford was reportedly on Tottenham’s shortlist with the north Londoners in the market for a long-term replacement for stalwart Hugo Lloris next summer.
Chelsea were also interested in the former Sunderland man as they plan to sell one of Kepa Arrizabalaga or the struggling Edouard Mendy.
However, Pickford is set to snub their interest and extend his six-year stay in Merseyside.
Keeping Pickford could prove a smart move by the Toffees, with the club desperate to avoid their first-ever relegation from the English top flight.
Dyche, who replaced Frank Lampard in the Everton dugout three weeks ago, has done a stellar job guiding the Toffees out of the drop zone.
Everton have won two of their three games under the stewardship of the former Burnley manager, but there is still a long way to go in the fight to retain top-flight status.
They are just one point ahead of 18th-placed West Ham United and are gearing up to welcome Aston Villa to Goodison Park on Saturday.
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