Everton midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye has signed a new long-term deal to keep him at the club until June 2022.
The Senegalese international has become a firm favourite with the Toffees faithful since arriving from Aston Villa in August 2016.
His diligent style and robust performances from the middle of the pitch have made him a crucial figure for both Ronald Koeman and then current boss Sam Allardyce .
Speaking to the club’s official website, Gueye said: “Everton is the right place for me and this is why I have signed my new deal
“I am very happy to sign a new contract with Everton. It is great for me and for the Club and I am very happy.
“I love the fans here. They have been great to me. They made it easy for me to sign this contract. Of course, I spoke with my family and my agent, but the love of the fans was really important and this is a really good thing for me.
“I have enjoyed immensely my time so far at the Club, I enjoy working with the manager, his staff and the players here and we are really determined to finish the season strongly.
“We will keep working hard to build on our home record and try to get the same results or similar away from home, too. I believe in my team and I believe in this Club.”
Since his Everton debut, the Senegal star has made 221 tackles in the Premier League , 13 more than any other player in the competition.
And such industry is the reason why Toffees boss Allardyce is delighted Gueye has extended his stay with the club.
“I’m really pleased that Idrissa has signed a new deal at the Club,” he said
“He’s been terrific since I’ve been here and it’s fantastic for the Club.
“I love his attitude, the way he enjoys his football , the dedication and focus with which he trains every day and always with a smile on his face.
“It’s great that he’s committed long-term to Everton and he will enjoy some of his best football here in the years ahead.”