Everton have handed goalkeeper Tim Howard a two-year contract extension that will allow him to stay until 2018.

Howard, 35, has been the Toffees’ first choice ever since his move from Manchester United back in 2006.

Now the American has a deal that will last him an additional four years – the first contract ending in 2016 – in which he will remain at Goodison Park until the age of 39.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez told Sky Sports: “”It is fantastic news. To have Tim Howard performing as he has been this season, I cannot see past him to choose the best goalkeeper in the league.

“For him, in such an important year with the World Cup around the corner, to commit his future for the long term is an incredible moment for the dressing room.

“I am extremely proud of Tim’s achievements for the football club. On top of his goalkeeping it’s his overall demeanour and personality in the dressing room. He is a strong leader.”

Howard went into the Premier League record books when he kept 16 clean sheets in the 2008/2009 season, and has been as influential this year in his side’s push for UEFA Champions League qualification.

He has already kept 13 clean sheets and will be expected to feature for the USA at this summer’s World Cup.

 

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