Everton have taken another significant next step towards leaving Goodison Park by signing a lease for land at Bramley-Moore Dock, the site of their proposed new stadium.
The 200-year lease, which is conditional upon gaining planning consent for the ground and securing funding for its construction, has a so-called 'peppercorn rent' and means the club effectively now controls the land upon which they hope to build.
"Clearly this is very positive news," said Toffees chief executive Robert Elstone after the deal was signed between Everton Stadium Development Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Everton Football Club) and Peel Land and Property (Ports) Limited.
"Gaining control of the site was essential for us to be able to move forward with the next stages of the project - finalising the funding agreement with the council and preparing for the submission of a planning application - both of which we hope to do in the new year."
The proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock will be a catalyst for the £5.5billion regeneration proposals for north Liverpool which is set to be one of the largest and most transformational in the city's history.
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Juan Mata would like to extend his Old Trafford stay and go on to play into his forties like Manchester United great Ryan Giggs.
Mata has become an influential figure under Jose Mourinho and now has the prospect of extending his contract beyond this summer.
United already hold the option to add a further year and the Spain international is open to discussing a longer stay, even raising the prospect of playing into his forties like Giggs.
Asked if he can see himself finishing his career at United, Mata told ESPN FC: "Why not? I'm 29 and hopefully I can play football for some more years.
"It would be great to play until I'm 40 like Ryan Giggs. But that's still a bit far, still 11 years.
"I'm happy here. The club is massive, the support we have is massive. I've been settled down in the city since year one. Now it's my fourth year in Manchester.
"You never know what can happen in football and in life. But my feeling now is that I'm happy here and I wouldn't have any problem continuing here for more time."
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