Darron Gibson says he turned down other offers to sign new deal at Everton

Everton's Darron Gibson in action with Young Boys' Leonardo Bertone

The 28-year-old was handed a new two-year contract by Everton on Thursday.

Everton's Darron Gibson in action with Young Boys' Leonardo Bertone

Everton midfielder Darron Gibson has said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo, that he was never tempted to leave the club as soon as he knew a new contract was on the table despite having "options" to move elsewhere.

The 28-year-old was handed a new two-year contract by the Toffees on Thursday despite his terrible struggles with injury in the last few seasons.

The move to award the Republic of Ireland international new terms will have come as a surprise to many supporters, with the midfielder having managed just 17 Premier League appearances across the last three seasons.

Gibson was hailed as a shrewd signing by former manager David Moyes when he was brought to Goodison Park from Manchester United in January 2012, but his career on Merseyside has stagnated after a successful first couple of years.

Manchester City's David Silva in action against Everton's Darron Gibson

The midfielder admitted his delight to have been able to extend his stay at the club, and revealed that although he had other options this summer his decision was never in doubt.

Gibson said, as quoted by the Echo: "I am absolutely delighted. I had a few options but as long as Everton were giving me the option I was never going anywhere else.

"People say, ‘Once Everton has touched you,’ and it is true. It is a great club, there are great people here and the dressing room is great, so I was never signing anywhere else. Obviously, I have had a tough few years but thankfully the Club have stuck by me and I have signed for another two years, so hopefully the next two years go a lot better.

Everton's Gerard Deulofeu and Darron Gibson celebrate their first goal

"The first year I came, I had a great season but obviously the rest I have been injured quite a bit. Last year I was fit but didn’t play too much, so it is nice to know the Club and the fans are still behind me. There have been highs and lows. I just want to put the past behind me and look forward to the next two years."

Gibson will be desperately hoping that he can put his injury troubles behind him for good next season and stake a claim to become a regular midfield man again under the club's new manager.

It will have particularly hurt to have missed out on a place at Euro 2016 because of his struggles, but with surely several years still at the top of his game his eyes will be firmly set on re-establishing himself as a fixture in the Toffees side.

Everton's Darron Gibson concedes a penalty against  Leicester's Jeffrey Schlupp

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