According to a report in The Daily Mail, Everton manager Marco Silva is prepared to extend Leighton Baines’ stay at Goodison Park for another 12 months with his current contract due to expire this summer.
The 34-year-old has been with the Toffees since 2007 following a move from Wigan Athletic, and has proven to be one of their best signings during the Premier League era.
The former England international has largely had to play second fiddle to Lucas Digne for the left-back spot this term though, and would likely be a back-up again next term should he stay on Merseyside.
Everton supporters on the Nil Satis Nisi Optimum (NSNO) forum have been having their say on the story.
You are always going to have some fans that believe he should be kept on because he is such a club legend, while others will feel that it is time to move on given the end of his contract.
There are a couple of interesting points made here though.
One fan – and he probably isn’t alone among the Goodison Park faithful – would like to see the 34-year-old given a coaching role at some point, to pass his expertise on to the current first-team squad and younger players, too.
Interestingly, more than one individual aren’t confident that Baines would actually sign the deal given he has Digne ahead of him, which would make sense.
The former Wigan man is at a stage of his career where he may want to play regularly while he still can, and that appears unlikely to happen with Everton.