Besic signs new Everton contract

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Muhamed Besic has put pen to paper on new terms and a five-and-a-half-year contract with Everton, the club have announced.

Signed in August 2014 after an impressive World Cup in Brazil, the Bosnia-Herzegovina international has become a fan favourite in his short time at the club.

Roberto Martinez had planned to ease Besic into life in the Premier League so he could make the transition from the Hungarian league where he played for Ferencvaros but injury to James McCarthy in 2014-15 meant that the combative midfielder ended up making 31 appearances in all competitions.

Stronger, fitter and better adjusted to the English game, Besic was ready to push on this season and become a more regular member of the starting XI but a hamstring injury at the start of pre-season sidelined him for a good part of the first half of the campaign and has been out of action since the third week of January with the same injury in his other leg.

Nevertheless, he was named the club's player of the month for January and his new deal, that ties him to Everton until the summer of 2021, is an illustration of Martinez's belief in his importance to the team.

Speaking of the 23-year-old at the team's mid-season training camp in Dubai last week, the manager said that Besic is going to have a big say from now until the end of the season.

The player himself, whose original terms were due to expire in 2019, expressed his delight at extending his contract by another two years, saying:

Im really happy to have signed a new contract with a club such as Everton. After a year and a half with the Club, it makes me proud that they have given me a new deal.

When I first arrived here it was difficult for me, but now I feel at home. The supporters, as well as the manager, the staff and my teammates, have all made me welcome at the Club and I feel really happy.

It was very easy when I heard about it. It was clear that I wanted to stay and sign the new contract.

When people look at my game, before and now, I think I have improved a lot in many different areas. But, like you have seen, I am still adapting to the league and I will continue to work hard and give my best.

We always speak about things we want to achieve, Europe and other things. We have to show it on the pitch and do it. The next 12 games and also Chelsea in the FA Cup, I hope we can do our speaking on the pitch.


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Paul Hewitt
1 Posted 29/02/2016 at 19:34:23
Excellent news. Let's hope the lad can stay free from injuries now. Could be a top player for us in the coming years.
Michael Kenrick
2 Posted 29/02/2016 at 19:36:33
Wow! Let's hope this is the first of many lock-downs of our fabulous talent pool in the new Moshiri era.

Next up: John Stones!!!

Paul Kernot
3 Posted 29/02/2016 at 19:40:35
I love this guy. I actually think he will turn out to be one of our best signings. As usual, that depends on an injury free run.
Ian Burns
4 Posted 29/02/2016 at 19:40:51
Delighted at this news – particularly coming on top of the new investment! Great attitude; terrific player. I suppose a begrudging well done to RM.
Tony Draper
5 Posted 29/02/2016 at 19:41:34

Delighted that Mo is certain to be part of what really could be a very bright Evertonian future.

I really like this lads style. For me to even mention Peter Reid (one of my real idols) says what I think he has on offer.

Reidy had to overcome a string of pretty serious injuries before he even arrived at GP. So far, Mo has been unlucky with "setback injuries" depriving him of a sustained run, but it will happen and we’ll be so much the stronger for it.

Rob Hooton
6 Posted 29/02/2016 at 19:47:25
Very happy with this and the fact that Mo kept it light on words and emphasised doing the talking on the pitch, a few others could take heed!

Like Michael said - Stones next please and Barkley on a new long deal (can we buy out Del Boys clause too?)

Rob Halligan
7 Posted 29/02/2016 at 19:51:14
Looks like a 12-year-old getting ready for school, does his photo on the OS.

Paul Andrews
8 Posted 29/02/2016 at 19:52:37
The manager got a bit of stick for hanging around at the World Cup.
This lad is the result.

Great signing from Martinez.

Tony Hill
9 Posted 29/02/2016 at 19:53:48
This is just what we need in the way of swift decisive action. He is a favourite of many of us but please God keep him injury free.
Barry Pearce
10 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:00:05
Fantastic news. Really love this guys attitude. Injuries withstanding, could become an Everton legend.
Peter Larkin
11 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:00:09
Well done, Roberto, top cheap signing... I love this lad.
Simon Bradley
12 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:18:09
Wow, great news this. The good news just keeps on rolling in doesn't it? At this rate:

1) Tomorrow the club will announce Usmanov has bought 50.1% and a new stadium will be built within 3 years!
2) Wednesday - Stones signs new 5 year deal
3) Thursday - Lukaku commits future to Everton
4) Friday we buy out the clause on Del Boy
5) Saturday - Yarmolenko announced as one of 5 major new signing in the summer.

LOL - Im a blue, I'm an eternal optimist.

Fun last few days though!

Dave Pritchard
13 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:20:39
He has enormous potential and should be a mainstay in midfield over the next few years. The only concern is the number of injuries he has picked up in his short time here.
Bjoern Haall
14 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:22:39
He reminds me of Tim Cahill. Same attitude, same spirit and same wordings.
Mark Gardiner
15 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:22:45
Love him as a player but am very worried that we have signed him to five and a half years.

Since joining the club he hasn't had a time where he has been injury free. Hopefully that can be sorted out because he could become a legend. If not we could have another Darren Gibson on our hands (I'm talking about injuries of course, not in terms of talent)

Darren Hind
16 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:26:29
Great. He's had two good games and that justifies Martinez taking the piss for an entire summer.

Funny how he was able to sign a guy from Argentina without leaving his desk, but he has to go to South America to sign a guy based in Europe.

Gullible just found a new level...

Craig Fletcher
17 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:29:45
Mark (13) the alternative would be to offer him only short-term deals, but how would that make sense for a player aged only 23?

He is still young, comparing Mo's injury record in the relative short time he has been here (a season and a half) to Gibson's treatment table record over his time at Everton and Manchester United is unfair.

Jamie Crowley
18 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:32:24
Fantastic news. Locking down the young nucleus we have will bear fruit aplenty in the future.
Roger Helm
19 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:32:35
Perhaps another Peter Reid? He had a bad time with injuries before he signed for us.
David Price
20 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:34:42
His injury cost us a final place. Great to have him.
David Chait
21 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:35:58
Shareholder shmareholder.. This is the real deal! Great news! Get fit lad and stay fit.. And get given a run.. Will be a legend!
Peter Gorman
22 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:41:23
I hope this kid is our resident bastard for many years to come.
Charlie Martin
23 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:43:45
Important to get that done, he’s in mould of Reidy.
Neil Gribbin
24 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:48:32
A future captain in my eyes. Been a great few days to be a blue!!!
Les Martin
26 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:52:09
The fact Mo has been given a 5½-year contract just shows in how high esteem he is viewed by the club. We also have yet to see the best of him due to injuries, but he is young and will strengthen up.

Personally I think he will become an absolute key player and a sensational midfield player courted by the very top teams, yes I believe he can become that good.

Pleased to have him, quite a week its turning out to be!
John Malone
27 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:56:56
Great! What a cracking young player – tenacious and energetic with plenty of ability and only getting better. I’d build the midfield around him and Barkley! Wish he was fit for the Chelsea game!
Stephen Scofield
28 Posted 29/02/2016 at 21:16:11
Made my day! Very special player there. Gives his all and could be the Rot Keane character we need as he develops.
Mark Gardiner
29 Posted 29/02/2016 at 21:16:27
Craig (#15) You're probably right. Don't get me wrong, I'm delighted that we signed him. And to be honest I wasn't comparing his injury history to Gibson's.

Just thinking that if he turns out to be one of those type of players who pick up injuries often then he could end up like Gibson but certainly I'm pleased that we have him.

Ged Simpson
30 Posted 29/02/2016 at 21:18:55
Now we all love him. No-brainer.
Dave Southword
31 Posted 29/02/2016 at 21:19:55
Love this guy. Looking forward to getting him back on the pitch as he could turn into quite a player.
Mark Gardiner
32 Posted 29/02/2016 at 21:22:11
Where will he play when everybody is fit?

Surely Niasse will come into the left side when he's match ready so what do you do with Besic? Drop Barry or McCarthy?

I think he's a long term replacement for Barry but where and for whom would you play him for the rest of this season?

Tony Hill
33 Posted 29/02/2016 at 21:34:26
I think that'll sort itself out naturally, Mark, over the next year or so. He's still injured isn't he so I'm not sure he'll have a big part to play this season anyway.
Craig Fletcher
34 Posted 29/02/2016 at 21:44:54
It will be an interesting one, Mark. I always thought Besic would play the CDM role, and will be a natural successor to Barry, but against Chelsea early in the season, I remember Martinez played him further forward in what is now the Cleverley role. I think he also played there for a couple of games in January.
Oliver Molloy
35 Posted 29/02/2016 at 22:07:35
He is being groomed for Barry's role it looks like to me.

Very happy, love the guys commitment to our club badge.

Harold Matthews
37 Posted 29/02/2016 at 22:57:14
Love this lad.
Darryl Ritchie
38 Posted 29/02/2016 at 23:06:23
Moshiri on the way in; Howard on the way out; Besic signs on long term; LIverpool lose at Wembley. I can't remember a better week for the club. Now if we can thump Aston Villa, it will be perfect.
Peter Carpenter
39 Posted 29/02/2016 at 23:23:32
Looks like Nicola Sturgeon.
Garry Corgan
40 Posted 29/02/2016 at 23:32:16
Nah, Peter (#34) – He’s smiling, and happy to be in England.
Mike Gaynes
41 Posted 29/02/2016 at 23:36:20
Darryl (#33), just gotta slip in the Howard cheap shot, don’t ya?


Peter Carpenter
42 Posted 29/02/2016 at 23:41:01
What price Tim to do a Willy for us in the Cup Final?
Peter Carpenter
43 Posted 29/02/2016 at 23:42:48
To clarify; ’do a Willy’ is not a new and particularly painful type of injury – I meant come in as back up goalkeeper and save a few penalties.
Gary Russell
44 Posted 29/02/2016 at 23:50:27
Good news for me. Let’s just hope the latest from Professor Twaddle – "He is going to have a big say from now until the end of the season" – is not the lyrical waxing that he so prone to and not along the same lines as what he has said about Mirallas and others too.

Oh no, not another gloom merchant on 'ere! Well, good news the last week has lifted spirits but can’t hide the fact of how utterly garbage this season has been up to now.

For the record, Besic has played 23 times last season *wiki and six times this. He hasn’t always been injured, it’s the man at the helm’s lack of desire to play him on occasions. Last year granted, was his first season and so bedding in.

I just realised writing this that it is the utter shite that Bobby talks, which is one of his major flaws. It wouldn’t be half as bad if he shut up half the time and spoke more sense the other half.

The reason a lot of folk on here moan is because there is good reason too, most of the time. Let’s see what tonight’s game brings.

Anthony Dwyer
45 Posted 29/02/2016 at 23:54:34
Well done to Mo, a well deserved new contract.

Mo has come alive this season, looking like he is ready to take games by the scruff of the neck. Only injury has stopped him from being one of the big story's of the season.

Next season will be a big one for Mo, and has to be an even bigger one for Martinez or he will be out on his ear I'd imagine.

Alex Kociuba
46 Posted 29/02/2016 at 23:59:44
This the first universally agreed on piece of news on ToffeeWeb I have ever seen. I don't think we have another player in our squad everyone has positivity towards?
Peter Carpenter
47 Posted 01/03/2016 at 00:01:33
No, I think he's rubbish.
Darryl Ritchie
48 Posted 01/03/2016 at 00:08:36
Mike (#36), just part of a positive few days. No hard feelings toward Tim, but with all the other good news, I think Howard to Colorado qualifies.
Peter Carpenter
49 Posted 01/03/2016 at 00:10:05
If Lukaku leaves in the summer, how about a cut-price Benteke to replace him?
Colin Gee
50 Posted 01/03/2016 at 00:21:27
Things keep getting better! We get a much needed cash injection, the RS lose on pens at Wembley and Mo Besic signs a new contract! Have I entered a parallel universe?
Lyndon Lloyd
51 Posted 01/03/2016 at 00:28:49
Gary (41), Besic made 20 starts in 2014-15 and 11 appearances as a substitute across the Premier League, Europa League and domestic cups, so 31 appearances in all. Wikipedia only deal in league appearances.
Tony Draper
52 Posted 01/03/2016 at 00:37:18
Peter Carpenter @46
For a response to that please see
Peter Carpenter @44
Gary Russell
53 Posted 01/03/2016 at 01:27:46
Sorry, Lyndon, I meant to say Premier League but should know better than to quote Wiki.
Brian Porter
54 Posted 01/03/2016 at 06:11:39
Great news! Now let's get Funes Mori tied for a good few years too, and the future of our defence will begin to look more secure.
Chris Gould
55 Posted 01/03/2016 at 07:20:16
Great news, but not sure he'll be Barry's successor. Don't think McCarthy and Besic can play as the 2 cdms. We rely on Barry's range of passing. Not sure if Besic or McCarthy can replicate what Barry does in that department.
Joe O'Brien
56 Posted 01/03/2016 at 08:11:35
Great news. I see him as a future captain.

Silly comment, Peter (#45) followed by a equally silly comment at #47... you are on fire!

Peter Carpenter
57 Posted 01/03/2016 at 09:25:15
Why not? Corporal Klopp can’t get the best out of him but someone else will. With a couple of wingers (we’ve got a few of them) getting crosses in, he would be back to his best.
Anthony Dwyer
58 Posted 01/03/2016 at 09:50:32
I’m in agreement with you, Peter.

Benteke is a proven Premier League striker and will return to form once a team uses him correctly.

Whilst I would not swap him for Rom, I would take him on a cut price as a replacement.

£20m I think (£22m tops) would most probably seal it, Rom would fetch us closer to £50m.

I’d tell any RedShite that Benteke is a yard dog, but truth is anyone who has a memory that spans past the last few months will remember a dangerous striker.

Anthony Flack
59 Posted 01/03/2016 at 10:12:22
Just saw this a moment ago, cracking news. Well done Everton.
John Raftery
60 Posted 01/03/2016 at 10:16:32
He looks like Jimmy Clitheroe in the photo on the OS. This is a good deal for Mo who has yet to put together a run of consecutive appearances without getting injured. Hopefully he will sort out his fitness and the deal will prove to be a good one for the club.

His playing style is similar to an old-fashioned wing-half, winning the ball and moving the ball forward. He definitely adds something to the team but we need to see more of him on the pitch.

Peter Carpenter
61 Posted 01/03/2016 at 10:18:17
Anthony, unbelievable that they didn't use him in 120 mins v City. More encouraging signs that Herr Klopp is actually insane.
Tony Abrahams
62 Posted 01/03/2016 at 10:24:47
Chris 53, good point, but only if we want to persist with two defensive midfield players.

Why not let McCarthy play behind both Besic and Barkley. Just by changing the point of this triangle, we would become more attack-minded right away.

Peter Morris
63 Posted 01/03/2016 at 12:43:28
I really like this lad. I think he has adapted well from a game management perspective. (Remember the disastrous Cruyff turn he did on debut which lost possession and a goal?)

If he can stay injury free, I can see him making a big contribution to the team over he next few years, particularly as Gareth Barry will inevitably have to step back his game time as we move into next season.

Good planning from the club, and a great decision from Mo himself.

Denis Richardson
64 Posted 01/03/2016 at 12:54:41
I like this guy but question a contract of such length for any player tbh. 2021 is a long long way away and he’s had a lot of injuries in the 18 months he’s been with us. If he stays with us that long he will 100% get another contract within the next two years anyway.

His last deal was until 2019 as it is, was a new contract really needed after signing just 18 months ago? Same thing happened with McCarthy and I’m reading about another new contract to be offered to Stones even though he only signed his latest one last season!

Seems to be a new norm to give players a massive pay cheque every 18-24 months, on top of their salaries and other bonuses, in the form of a new contract (which already have automatic pay rises factored in...).

I guess this is just the way the Premier League is at the moment and all the agents know there is a tsunami of money coming over the horizon.

Anyway, glad he’s still with us and hope he finally gets a long injury free run in the side. I assume he’ll take over from Barry next season – could even be future captain as he’s the only player we have who seems to have any bite.

Joe O'Brien
66 Posted 01/03/2016 at 15:46:38

I think the RS bought him for –20 mil so if we were to take a chance it would be a lot lower giving his form since that move. I’d much rather have Shane Long tbh... I think, if we could keep Rom, Shane Long would be a ideal partner for him.

I think I was a bit biased against Peter's comments after he said the thought one of my favourite players (Besic) was rubbish.

Andrew Ellams
67 Posted 01/03/2016 at 16:09:41
Liverpool paid £32.5 million for Benteke.
James Stewart
68 Posted 01/03/2016 at 16:22:35
Should be first choice for one of the midfield spots when fit top player and I hope he stays fit now really needs a long run in the side.
Dan Nulty
69 Posted 01/03/2016 at 21:26:05
Shane Long!?!? Can't believe that is even suggested, I don’t think he has ever scored double figures.

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