Everton have announced that youngster Tom Davies has signed a new five-year contract at Goodison Park.
This season, the 18-year-old has established himself as a regular start in the Toffees first team, and the club and manager Ronald Koeman have decided to rewarded the teenager with a long-term contract on Merseyside.
Davies told their official website: “It means everything to me to get a chance to be in the Everton first team and to try to stay there. It’s an unbelievable feeling.
“Everton has a long tradition of bringing young players through and the incentive has always been there for me to try to progress with the club.
“I used to look at Mikel Arteta and aspire to be out there playing alongside my heroes and, obviously, Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley who came through the academy here, too, have been inspirational figures for me.
“People like David Unsworth have been great in helping me and other players to develop our game and become Everton players and it’s a privilege to be playing under this manager with everything he’s done and achieved in the game. I’m learning more and improving every day and I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity by the club.”
Manager Ronald Koeman said: “It’s a case of well done, Tom. He is maybe the young player who has improved the most in the last few months. He went straight into the team performing at a high level and has kept his feet on the ground.”
Liverpool-born Davies was handed his Premier League debut by manager Roberto Martínez on April 16 last year in a draw with Southampton at Goodison Park.
He was then given his first start for by interim manager David Unsworth in the win over Norwich on the final day of last season, after Martinez was sacked.