James McCarthy admits delight at Everton contract extension

The combustive midfielder is happy to stay at Goodison Park.

Everton midfielder James McCarthy has admitted that he was delighted to end speculation over his club future by signing a new contract with the Goodison Park outfit in the summer, as reported by The Mirror.

The Republic of Ireland international has starred for the Toffees since moving to the Merseyside club from Wigan and is clearly revelling under Roberto Martinez’s tutelage.

With a number of young Everton stars thriving at the club and being touted as potential transfer targets for other clubs, McCarthy has ended speculation with a new five-year deal with the Goodison outfit.

The combative midfielder has spoken out about his desire to beat Manchester United later today and delight at being able to stay with Martinez’s men.

“There was a lot of speculation (in the summer) but I was delighted to pen a new deal, move on and look forward to the future,” The Mirror quote McCarthy as saying.

“It’s a massive club and I can see us going places. We kept the likes of Stonesy and have still got Ross. We have a good squad and we’re trying to build something and each and every one of us knows that if we get the focus right and keep getting the three points, we can achieve something.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute since I have been here. Nothing has changed since day one. As a squad we are up there and I’m sure we can compete this season.”

McCarthy has been one of the unsung heroes in the Everton line-up of late, with impressive performances being overshadowed perhaps by the exploits of John Stones, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku.

However, the Irish midfielder continues to be a mainstay in the Toffees starting line-up when available and will be essential if the Merseyside outfit are to have a successful campaign in 2015-16.

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