James McCarthy: Everton & Republic midfielder signs new deal

James McCarthy
McCarthy worked under Everton boss Roberto Martinez at Wigan

Midfielder James McCarthy has ended speculation over his future by signing a new five-year contract with Everton.

The new deal for the 24-year-old, who joined almost two years ago from Wigan, runs until June 2020.

The Republic of Ireland international has made 76 first-team appearances for the Toffees, scoring three goals.

"I'm buzzing and delighted to be committing my future long-term," said McCarthy, who had been linked with Tottenham and Manchester City.

"I've loved every minute I've been here, with the fans having made me feel so welcome from day one, as well as the players and staff."

"This is a brilliant club with a brilliant fan base and what we want to try to do is bring some success here and push forward.

"The gaffer is trying to build a team and a squad for the long term - I'm excited to be a part of that and to be a part of this team."