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Everton midfielder pens contract extension

Everton midfielder Darron Gibson will stay at Goodison Park until the summer of 2018 after signing a contract extension.

The Republic of Ireland international has struggled for game time in recent seasons due to injuries problems.

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Lukaku hints he will leave Everton this summer

Romelu Lukaku will no doubt be in demand across Europe. Credit: PA

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he wants to leave the club over the summer in order to further his career.

The 23-year-old Belgium frontman scored 25 goals this season for the Toffees and has been linked with a return to former club Chelsea.

"I'm at a point where I have to make a good career choice," Lukaku is quoted as saying in the Daily Star.

"We have a new investor at Everton and out of courtesy I will listen to what he has to say. But I have my own ideas in mind. I want to win titles.

"I have had a very good season, but it is time for me to write myself a CV. That is why I play football.

"I got that trophy-winning mindset from Chelsea.

"People in Belgium don't see me playing for Everton, but I am respected by fans, managers and experts like Jamie Carragher, Graeme Souness and Thierry Henry."

New Everton manager sitting on a goldmine - Howard

Tim Howard believes Everton have a great future Credit: AP

Tim Howard believes there is a great future ahead for the Everton team he has left behind.

The American goalkeeper headed home on Monday after a decade at Goodison Park prior to joining Major League Soccer team Colorado Rapids.

Saturday's 3-0 win over Norwich was Howard's farewell game but also a glimpse of the future for Everton fans, with teenagers Kieran Dowell, Tom Davies and Jonjoe Kenny all playing the majority of the 90 minutes.

Everton are searching for a new manager to replace Roberto Martinez, who was sacked on Thursday after results failed to match the talent of the squad.

And, with the likes of Ross Barkley and John Stones now established for England as well as Everton, Howard believes the incoming boss is a lucky man.

Howard's 414th and final Everton appearance was certainly not one of his busiest, with Matt Jarvis' 65th-minute shot the only time he was really called upon to make a save. Howard was, however, pleased to keep a clean sheet on his last game.

I'll always remember that one, it was special. All good things come to an end. I know that. I think I was always dreading the day I had to leave this place because I keep saying it's my home.

The guy who comes in and manages this team is sitting on a goldmine. The future is bright. Those boys played well. I didn't have that kind of wherewithal or talent at their age so I was excited to see them play.

With the passion in this city for this club and the talent that's on display, the sky's the limit for this team.

– Tim Howard

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Tim Howard pens emotional farewell letter to Everton fans

Everton keeper Tim Howard has penned an emotional farewell letter ahead of final appearance for the club. The American, 37, who joined Everton on loan from Manchester United in 2006 before signing permanently in 2007, is heading to the MLS to join Colorado Rapids this summer.

Everton caretaker 'proud' despite 'difficult day'

David Unsworth will take charge. Credit: PA

David Unsworth described taking charge of Everton as the proudest moment of his life but expressed regret at the sacking of "good man" Roberto Martinez.

The Spaniard's three-year tenure at Goodison Park was brought to an end on Thursday, three days before the Toffees' final match of the Barclays Premier League season at home to Norwich on Sunday.

Former Everton defender Unsworth, now manager of the Under-21s, will step into the hot-seat, assisted by his former boss at the club, Joe Royle.

It was a difficult day yesterday for everyone at the football club. A good man has lost his job and that's always difficult but that's football management. I think over the period you've got to win matches and it's been a difficult time for us.

It was the proudest moment of my life yesterday when I got the call. At the same time, one of the most difficult days I've had being back at the club.

My relationship with Roberto is outstanding. He was the one who rubber-stamped me coming back to this club. I've got nothing but great words to say about him, the way he was with me and the young players.

Typical Roberto, he was the one who said to the chairman to put me in charge, so that's the measure of the man. It doesn't surprise me. He's a terrific guy.

– David Unsworth
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