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Everton captain Coleman ponders new contract offer

Seamus Coleman has been with Everton since 2009 but is out of contract this summer

Seamus Coleman

Everton captain Seamus Coleman says is pondering the offer of a new contract to remain with the Toffees.

Coleman, 35, is Everton’s longest serving player after joining from Sligo Rovers in 2009, making a club-record 363 Premier League appearances for the Merseysiders.

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The full-back’s current contract expires this summer and says he will “have a think” over whether to remain at Goodison Park.

“This football club means everything to me,” he told Everton’s website, “I suppose I live and breathe it like everyone else.

“It’s been a hell of a ride – the last two or three years – and it’s not a case that you just turn up for work, go home and forget about it.

“As I said before when I signed my last contract, it is hard to walk away from something you love.”

Ashley Young, Andre Gomes, Idrissa Gueye and Dele Alli are also out of contract this summer, while loan signings Jack Harrison and Arnaut Danjuma are set to depart.

Director of football Kevin Thelwell said last week that players will be sold as they look to balance the books following a campaign which has seen them hit with two separate points deductions.

‘We stuck together’

After surviving relegation with games to spare, Coleman hailed the togetherness of the squad under Sean Dyche as well as the part the fans have played.

He added: “The last couple of weeks, we’ve been safe, but without the support this year and without the togetherness in the group – from players to the manager – it’s not to be underestimated what this group has done this season.

“Two points deductions – never heard of before. Everyone was writing us off. We’ve seen it all; all the noise.

“The group, to be fair, stuck together. I know we can test the patience of the fans at times, but this is a group I’m proud to be a part of for the way we responded to what has been a tough couple of years.”

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Cian Cheesbrough

Cian is a sports journalist with a wealth of experience writing for national titles, including LiveScore, MailOnline, Eurosport and Sky Sports. He has covered a number of key events during his time in the industry, including from the press box at live Champions League fixtures.

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