Digne Signs New Long-Term Contract
Lucas Digne has signed a new long-term contract with Everton, committing his future to the Club until the end of June 2025.
The France international left-back says the Blues’ big ambition, coupled with the “love supporters show me every day”, made penning an extended deal an easy decision.
Digne, who likened his bond with Everton to “an amazing wedding”, won major honours with former clubs Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.
And the 27-year-old is convinced Everton boast the manager, talent and infrastructure to add to his trophy haul.
Digne joined from Barcelona in summer 2018 and in 97 Everton appearances has directly contributed to 24 goals, scoring five and assisting 19.
“The fans made me feel at home from the beginning, they showed me big love and created a song for me,” Digne told evertontv.
“It is something I really appreciate and it is very important for me to keep the stability.
“We have a big project with the Club and can reach something very good at the end of this season and for the next few years.
“I want to play in Europe and Everton is the best place to do that.
“I have seen the progress every year since joining the Club, we are building a strong team.
“When you sign for Everton, it is like an amazing wedding.
“You just have to do your best every day to show Evertonians the love you have for them.
“That is what I do.
“I want to show them what they give me and it is just amazing.
“It was clear in my mind that I want to continue with Everton.”
Digne has been a consistently outstanding performer for Everton and in his debut season claimed the Club’s two blue riband player-of-the-year honours.
He supplied more Premier League crosses – 280 – than any other player in 2018/19, adding a further 270 last term.
The seven assists he provided last season was third highest among Premier League defenders.
He has reached six league assists this term – no defender in the league has more – despite missing seven matches following an ankle ligament injury sustained in November.
Digne has been ever present since returning last month, filling a variety of positions as manager Carlo Ancelotti’s side kept pace with rivals pursuing European qualification.
“All the team improved this season because we are stronger than last year,” said Digne.
“Offensively and defensively, I worked a lot tactically with the manager.
“I played in different positions – I can adapt and I think I improved a lot this season.
“He [Ancelotti] won three Champions Leagues, he has this winning mentality.
“He has the experience. He knows when he can relax the group, when he can push us.
“He is the perfect coach for us.”