According to the Liverpool Echo, Nathangelo Markelo will sign a ‘new contract’ at Everton this summer, the terms of which are currently unknown. The Toffees plan to ‘send him out on loan’ next season too.
Markelo’s future at Goodison Park looked uncertain as he was out of contract in the coming months and overlooked for first-team football, but Everton aren’t giving up and have a long-term plan to develop the Dutchman.
Liverpool Echo say Everton have the option to trigger a 12-month extension for Markelo, but the Blues could have signed a long-term deal too. The only thing the report is certain about is that the 21-year-old will be loaned out to the Eredivisie next season.
Back in January, Everton turned down interest from a number of clubs in the Netherlands, so there will be suitors looking to take Markelo off their hands. If the midfielder isn’t breaking into the first-team, he may as well try his hand elsewhere.
David Unsworth has worked hard developing Markelo in the U23s and clearly believes he’s worth keeping. The 21-year-old is fortunate to be held in such high regard as he’s made 59 appearances for the reserves without being promoted, but 2020/21 could see Markelo finally prove his worth.