Osman could stay at Everton beyond 2016, says Martinez

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said that midfielder Leon Osman could continue playing for the club beyond the end of next season, Sky Sports has reported.

Save a loan spell at Derby County, the 33-year-old has spent his entire career at Goodison Park, and was given a testimonial during the summer. On Thursday, he agreed a new deal which will keep him with Everton until at least June 2016, and celebrated it by scoring the opening goal in the 3-0 Europa League victory over Lille.

And despite his age, Martinez believes Osman can stay for several more years. “You don’t get many footballers like Leon,’ he said. ‘You don’t get so many players celebrating testimonials in the modern game. And then you look at the way he is enjoying his football, the way he is efficient and effective in games, and the way he took his goal on Thursday against Lille.

“And I hope Leon Osman is fully fit for many, many years to come and can write many other pages of history with Everton. He is very close to 400 appearances and is a special figure for us.”

Twice capped by England in 2012, Osman has made six appearances for Everton this season, finding himself in and out of starting XI due to the competition provided by Gareth Barry, Ross Barkley, James McCarthy and Muhamed Besic.

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