Everton ‘in positive talks with left back Lucas Digne over new long-term deal at the club’ in blow to Manchester City’s hopes of landing the Frenchman in January
- Lucas Digne’s current contract expires in 2023 but Everton are looking to extend
- The Frenchman is currently sidelined with an ankle injury suffered in November
- But amid interest from Manchester City, Carlo Ancelotti wants Digne to sign on
- A new long-term deal would reflect Digne’s growing importance in the first-team
Everton have reportedly opened talks with Lucas Digne about a new contract at the club and talks are progressing well to tie the left back down to a long-term deal.
The Frenchman, who has been out of action since November 22, is out of contract in the summer of 2023 following the five-year deal he signed upon moving to the Toffees from Barcelona two-and-a-half years ago.
But amid links with Manchester City with the January transfer window open, Carlo Ancelotti is keen to extend the 27-year-old’s contract at Goodison Park and negotiations are going well, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Carlo Ancelotti (L) is looking to extend Lucas Digne’s contract at Everton in the coming weeks
The 27-year-old is currently sidelined with an ankle injury picked up at the end of November
The report details that Digne could be handed a long-term contract to reflect his growing influence in the first-team, similar to the five-year deal handed to centre back Michael Keane in the summer.
The left back is working his way back to fitness after ankle surgery but is progressing well, with Ancelotti hopeful of the France international’s return before the end of the month.
The Frenchman had started all but one of Everton’s matches this season up to that point and while he is yet to score, he has contributed with four league assists.
Digne is closing in on 100 appearances in all competitions for Everton since his £18million arrival from Barcelona in the summer of 2018.
The left back scored four Premier League goals in his debut season to immediately endear himself to the Toffees faithful.
A new deal would be a blow to City boss Pep Guardiola, given Benjamin Mendy’s indiscretions
He has also registered 35 caps for his country, having made his France debut in 2014.
Meanwhile, City have been linked with a move for Digne amid speculation about Benjamin Mendy’s long-term future at the club, particularly after the defender broke Covid guidelines over the festive period by holding a party.
As such, a new deal for the Everton left back would be a blow for City boss Pep Guardiola – Ukraine international Oleksandr Zinchenko played at left back in their 3-1 win at Chelsea on Sunday.
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