Yobo signs new four-year Everton deal

July 22, 2006

Everton defender Joseph Yobo has signed a new four-year contract with the Barclays Premiership club.

The Nigerian international stated his desire to remain with the Toffees earlier this summer and after agreeing terms has signed a deal keeping him at the club until 2010.

Yobo, 25, had been linked with a number of clubs, most notably Arsenal.

But Yobo told evertonTV today: 'I have waited a long time for this to be sorted out.

'There was no doubt of me being happy, I wanted to stay - but I wanted a commitment from the club.

'At the end of the season I spoke with the manager and he told me the ambitions of the club and that was the first step. Then I accepted that I wanted to stay.'

Yobo originally moved to Goodison in the summer of 2002 on a season-long loan from French club Marseille before making the move permanent the following year.

He has now played 98 times for the Goodison Park club, and captained Nigeria during the African Nations Cup earlier this year.

He is not expected to figure in tomorrow's pre-season friendly with Celtic at Parkhead because of a minor Achilles injury.

However, the player is expected to return to action during the tour of the United States, with Everton set to face Columbus Crew in Ohio on Wednesday before travelling to Dallas for a clash with Mexican outfit Club America three days later.