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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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