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Jagielka and Yobo agree new deals

Phil Jagielka
Jagielka scored the winning penalty in the FA Cup semi-final shoot-out

Everton's Phil Jagielka is poised to sign a new five-year contract after agreeing terms on a new deal.

The 26-year-old defender, who has been ruled out of the FA Cup final due to a ligament injury, was this week named Everton's player of the season.

Team-mate Joseph Yobo, 28, is also set to extend his time at the club by signing his own five-year deal.

"Contract negotiations with both Joseph Yobo and Phil Jagielka have now been successfully concluded," the club said.

"Both players will sign new five year deals imminently."

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Jagielka underwent surgery after picking up the injury in the 2-1 defeat by Manchester City on 25 April and is expected to be back in August.

He appeared on crutches as the team made a lap of the pitch after their final home game of the season against West Ham last weekend.

Together with Nigeria captain Yobo, he has formed part of an Everton defence that has kept 19 clean sheets this season.

Jagielka's form has earned him his own international recognition with the first of his three England caps coming against Trinidad and Tobago last summer.

Yobo first appeared for Everton in 2002 and was eventually signed on a permanent deal for £3.5m from Marseille a year later.

He is likely to stand in for Jagielka for the Wembley showpiece against Chelsea on 30 May.

It had been reported that initial discussions over his new deal had been unpromising, but today's announcement mean he and Jagielka join Joleon Lescott, who signed a four-year deal in March 2008, in committing their long-term futures to the club.



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see also
Everton 3-1 West Ham
16 May 09 |  Premier League
Jagielka knee surgery a success
30 Apr 09 |  Everton
Jagielka has character - Goodlass
28 Apr 09 |  Everton
Moyes and Jagielka scoop awards
06 Mar 09 |  Everton
Jagielka reflects on 'fantastic' year
19 May 09 |  Everton
Yobo signs four-year Everton deal
22 Jul 06 |  Everton
Everton secure deal for Jagielka
04 Jul 07 |  Everton


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