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Man City striker Jesus pens new deal until 2023

Pep Guardiola is a big fan of Brazilian striker Jesus. Credit: PA

Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus has signed a new deal with Manchester City which ties him to the Premier League champions until 2023.

The new deal extends his previous contract by two years.

The 21-year-old joined City in January 2017 and has since scored 24 goals in 53 matches.

He told the club's official website: "I would like to thank the fans for the welcome and for how well they have treated me.

"I can say that it was the best decision I've made in my life to come to Manchester City because whilst I'm here I'm improving as a professional and as a person."

Jesus added: "Also thanks to the club for being so organised and focused since I arrived.

"(Manager) Pep (Guardiola) had an important role in my signing, but also the club. City is a huge club and it is getting bigger and bigger so I just want to say thanks for everything. I hope that I can keep making the fans happy."

Director of football Txiki Begiristain added: "Gabriel is undoubtedly one of the best young forwards in world football, so to have him commit his future to us is a huge boost.

"There's so much variety in his game. I know how much Pep enjoys working with him and I am really looking forward to watching his development in the coming years."

Jesus was part of the Brazil squad which reached the World Cup quarter-finals in Russia this summer.

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Stekelenburg hopes to compete with Pickford after completing new Everton deal

Maarten Stekelenburg. Credit: Press Association.

Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has agreed a new two-year contract, the Premier League club have announced.

The 35-year-old, who is understudy to England international Jordan Pickford at Goodison Park, is now tied to the Toffees until the end of June 2020.

"I understand my role and I will try to compete with Jordan and push him to continue to get better as well," the Dutchman told evertonfc.com.

Stekelenburg joined Everton from Fulham in 2016 following loan spells with Monaco and Southampton and has made 19 Premier League appearances for the Merseyside club.

He was sidelined for much of last season due to a groin injury, playing twice in the Europa League and once in the Carabao Cup.

Fellow keeper Pickford is currently on an extended break following the World Cup and Stekelenburg is looking forward to his team-mate returning to training.

"For me, it was tough last year because I had an injury and it took me a few months to come back from that," he said.

"But I'm fit now, I've played in our pre-season games and I'm very much looking forward to Jordan getting back here so we can push one another."

Stekelenburg has won 58 caps for Holland and played in their 2010 World Cup final defeat to Spain.

He began his career with Ajax and played in Serie A for Roma before moving to England.

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Besiktas make approach for Liverpool's Mignolet

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Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas have made an approach to Liverpool for goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Press Association Sport understands talks have begun between the two clubs about the Belgium international, whose future at Anfield was in doubt even before the Reds made Alisson the world's most expensive goalkeeper earlier this month.

Mignolet fell down the pecking order at Liverpool last season, losing his place to Loris Karius whose two errors in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid led to manager Jurgen Klopp spending £65million to bring Roma's Brazil international to the club.

Forgotten man Lazar Markovic is also a target for Greek club Olympiakos.

The Serbia international has not featured for the Reds since a late substitute appearance against QPR in May 2015 - five months before Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers as manager.

Since then the 24-year-old, a £20million signing from Benfica by Rodgers in the summer of 2014, has had loan spells at Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon, Hull and Anderlecht.

Markovic is currently with the first-team squad for their International Champions Cup campaign in the United States but has played a minor role in pre-season.

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