Football News Update: Everton Secure Ashley Young Contract Extension, Progress on Iliman Ndiaye Transfer

In a significant move for the upcoming football season, veteran former England defender Ashley Young has signed a one-year contract extension with Everton. The 38-year-old, who joined the club last summer, made 34 appearances as Everton finished 15th in the previous Premier League campaign.

Additionally, Everton are making strides in their pursuit of Marseille forward Iliman Ndiaye. The 24-year-old Senegal international scored four goals in 46 games for the French club last season after joining from Sheffield United for £20m. BBC Sport reports that Everton and Marseille are close to finalizing an agreement for Ndiaye to join the Toffees, making him the club’s third signing of the summer following winger Jack Harrison and midfielder Tim Iroegbunam.

“It was a no-brainer for me to sign again,” he said, adding, “I loved my time here last season. We had ups and downs but I can see how big the club is and where the club wants to get to.”

The experienced defender, who will turn 39 next month, emphasized that age is just a number and that he remains determined and hungry to contribute to Everton’s ongoing efforts. “I’ve always said that age is just a number. I’m determined – I’ve still got the hunger. I feel fitter than maybe I did at 21 years old,” he stated.

Earlier this month, Everton captain Seamus Coleman, 35, also signed a one-year contract extension until June 2025, further bolstering the club’s defensive options for the upcoming season.

As the football world shifts its focus to the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers, the Champions League, and the anticipation of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2024 Africa Cup of Nations, Everton’s strategic moves in the transfer market demonstrate their ambition to strengthen their squad and make an impact in the Premier League and beyond.

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