Everton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed he plans to offer Seamus Coleman a new contract to keep him at Goodison Park.
Twenty-five-year-old Coleman is having the season of his life and on Saturday scored his seventh goal of the campaign - a stoppage time winner against Cardiff City - as Everton fight for a place in next season’s Uefa Europa League.
“We won’t offer encouragement to any club over Seamus,” Martinez said. “He is on a long-term contract and we want to ensure we grow together and we need players like Seamus.
“It is the intention to offer him a new contract. We are already thinking about Seamus, Ross Barkley and John Stones. We want to reward them, even James McCarthy.
“That is something we will look at this summer. They are players with long-term contracts. It is not a decision just to keep them at the club; it just highlights the next step of their development and rewards them for their performances.
“Seamus has got a long-term contract. James and Ross are the same. But we want to reward them.”
Martinez has been a success for Everton having made the short journey from Wigan Athletic. The Merseysiders are currently in sixth place in the Premier League and have two games in hand on Tottenham Hotspur in fifth.
“We hope they will feel excited about developing with the football club and I think with the young players we have got in the club - Seamus, Ross, James McCarthy - they are footballers I believe to be of the highest, highest level,” Martinez said.
“We need to grow together. The way we work at the club, there is a structure in the salaries and everything goes down to your role at the club.”