Date: 31st July 2018 at 7:00am
Written by:

Yesterday afternoon Everton confirmed that goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg had signed a new two-year deal at Goodison Park.

The 35-year-old was the subject of some speculation earlier in the summer transfer window where it was suggested he would move away to Lille for a spell in France and Ligue 1 but nothing came of that, and yesterday’s announcement was probably why it disappeared from the rumour mill as quickly as it appeared.

His new deal expires in June 2020 and the former Dutch international stopper will continue as backup and competition for England’s Jordan Pickford when he returns from his extended break after World Cup action out in Russia.

Reactions to the news on social media has seemed to range from the downright sensible to the utter hysterical as fans put their two penneth into tweets.

The deal to me makes perfect sense, he knows the group, he’s decent enough backup for Pickford and they already have a relationship that has clearly been working out for the Sunderland stopper. If he was chasing money he’d have taken a last move, so by football standards he’d probably on a sensible amount with an eye to finances.