The transfer window is still in its infant stages, but Everton have announced the club’s fourth signing of the summer with Manasse Mampala committing his future to the Toffees.
Director of Football Marcel Brands and boss Marco Silva started the window strongly by luring one-time Denmark international Jonas Lossl to Goodison Park, with the former Huddersfield Town number one moving to Merseyside after his Terriers contract expired.
Leighton Baines put pen to paper on a one-year contract not long after, and the club wasted no time in following the left-back’s deal up with one for Andre Gomes, with the Portuguese fan favourite returning to Everton on a five-year contract as part of a £22million deal following a successful season on loan from FC Barcelona.
Mampala, meanwhile, has been rewarded with a new contract after being a part of David Unsworth’s U23s, who swept to a Premier League 2 and Premier League Cup double in the recent term.
The 18-year-old had signed his first professional contract with the Blues last summer, and will now likely compete with Ellis Simms and Fraser Hornby for minutes in the upcoming season following Bassala Sambou’s soon-to-be finalised departure.
Working with his young teammates and the club’s coaching set-up certainly helped to convince the teenager that we offer the perfect environment for the English youngster to develop.
“It feels great to sign this new deal,” he told EvertonFC.com. “It shows the hard work I’ve put in over the years has paid off.
“Being in the Under 23s squad last season was fantastic, especially as we had such success.
“We’ve got a group of quality players and playing with them has helped me improve. The coaching staff have been great with me at Everton since day one, too. They push you all the time to be the best you can be.
“Now I just want to keep working hard, play as many games as I can next season, and develop every part of my game.”