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Everton have announced that star defender Lucas Digne has signed a new four-year contract.
The new deal commits the 27-year-old to the best of his career at Goodison Park following spells at LaLiga Barcelona squad, Ligue 1 clubs Paris Saint-Germain and Lille, and a loan of a season in Roma in Serie UNA.
During his nearly three seasons in Merseyside, the set piece specialist has quickly become a key component of Toffees’ defensive unit and attack, playing 97 games in all competitions.
Digne has recorded six assists in 16 league games this season, one less than his total in 35 games from 2019-20, while he scored four goals and four assists in his debut campaign in the 2018-19 Premier League.
The French international has expressed his desire to help lead Carlo Ancelotti’s team to the Champions League during his time at the club.
“In the national team, the competition in my position, and in all positions, is really strong and I have to play at the best level,” Digne told evertontv, after signing a contract until 2025.
“I play in the best league and I want to play in the best European cup [Champions League], Safely.
“And I want to do that with Everton.”
Our left back is magical and he’s excited for the future.
– Everton (@Everton) February 24, 2021
Only Liverpool duo Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold (28) have more assists than Digne (17) from full-backs since entering the Premier League.
Digne has created the second most chances (166) from Premier League wingers in the same period, behind Alexander-Arnold, while he has placed the third most cross passes (400).
He added: “We have a great project with the club and we can achieve something very good at the end of this season and for the next few years.
“I have seen the progress every year since I joined the club, we are building a strong team.
“When you sign for Everton, it’s like an incredible wedding.
“You just have to do your best every day to show Evertonians the love you have for them. That’s what I do.
“I want to show them what they give me and it’s just amazing.
“It was clear to me that I want to continue with Everton.”