Marco Silva updates on the future of Everton's Leighton Baines

A dejected Marco Silva the head coach

Leighton Baines' contract at Everton expires at the end of the season.

Everton manager Marco Silva during the Pre-Season Friendly at Gigg Lane on July 18, 2018 in Bury, England.

Marco Silva has admitted to the Daily Star that Everton defender Leighton Baines could stick around at Goodison Park next season.

Baines has just months remaining on his contract at Everton, which is worth £70,000-a-week (Daily Star), and he is yet to pen a new deal.

There is a great deal of uncertainty around Baines’ future with the Toffees right now.

 

But Silva insists that Baines could earn a new deal at Everton, even though he is no longer a permanent starter.

“I have no doubts Leighton is a big part of our squad, he is a really important part of our squad,” Silva said.

“If he plays 10, 15, 20 games or if he plays five or 10, he is a really important player for me, for our club, an important player for our dressing room also.

“If he is in the last year of the contract of course it is a possibility for him to renew his contract also.”

Leighton Baines of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on May 5, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Baines has been at Everton since 2007, but his starting place has rarely been under so much threat as it is now.

Lucas Digne has taken the role as Everton’s first choice left-back so far this season, with the Frenchman impressing since arriving from Barcelona.

Baines did, however, start the Toffees’ last match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, but he failed to impress in a 3-1 defeat, as he conceded a penalty.

Everton are next in action tomorrow, when they take on Manchester City.

Leighton Baines of Everton celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on November 5, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

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