Everton midfielder Beni Baningime has penned a new four-year deal with the club until the end of June 2022.
Baningime, 19, made his first-team debut earlier this season in the Carabao Cup defeat away at Chelsea under interim manager David Unsworth and has stuck around for a breakthrough season.
The 19-year-old has gone on to make 12 appearances since breaking through and has been apart of a further six matchday squads but has not been used from the substitutes bench.
Speaking to EvertonFC.com, the midfielder said: “I’m really happy to sign a new contract and so proud because it represents what I’ve always wanted – which is to be around the first team and fighting for my place.”
“This club means a lot to me because I’ve been here from a young age,” Banigime added.
“It’s where I want to be and I’m so thankful to everyone at the Club who has helped me get to this point.
The 19-year-old went on to say: “Hopefully this season is the first of many years of me being involved in the Everton first team.”
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Despite the new deal, the midfielder won’t be resting on his laurels and will look to nail down a first-team place for an extremely important second season at the top level.
“I’m determined to keep developing and to speak to everyone I can in order to keep improving my game,” Banigime continued.
“I speak to the manager, Duncan (Ferguson), Craig Shakespeare, Sammy Lee – just anything I can do to improve my game."
He added: “Duncan’s very good with me. Sometimes we do a bit of passing after we train. To me, this shows they’ve got faith in me and they want me to do well.”
By the time pre-season comes around, the Blues could quite possibly have another new manager and another coaching staff for Banigime to impress.
If 19-year-old continues in any way like he has since breaking into the first-team, he won’t have any problems impressing anyone.