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United Target Baines Signs New Contract

Manchester United target, Leighton Baines, has pledged his future to Everton by signing a new 4-year contract.

The England left-back extends his stay at Goodison Park having had 17 months remaining on his previous deal, and being massively linked with a re-union with former Everton manager, David Moyes, who wanted the left-back to replace Patrice Evra in the long run at Old Trafford.

"It would be an understatement to say we are delighted to secure the best footballing years of Leighton Baines at our club," manager Roberto Martinez told evertonfc.com.

"It's a massive boost and exciting for the future. Leighton has just turned 29 and brings the right measure of maturity and football knowledge in a very specialised position on the pitch, bringing an infectious and positive influence to the rest of the squad.

"I know that every fan will be delighted with the news and we all share that excitement looking at what's left of this campaign and beyond. With the crucial games we have ahead, it is going to be vitally important to have Leighton's experience there to help us fight for our aims."

Baines joined Everton from Wigan in 2007, and since developed in one of the best left-backs in the Premier League. He featured in every minute of the 2012/13 season and is well-known for his dangerous set-pieces.

Since his debut in 2010, Baines has also become a regular for the English national team and has 22 caps for the Three Lions. He seems to be a serious threat for England’s long-term first-choice left-back, Ashley Cole.

Will David Moyes now spend big to get young Southampton left-back, Luke Shaw? Have your say in the comment section below.

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