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Everton captain Coleman is considering a new contract

Everton captain Seamus Coleman says he is considering offering a new contract to stay at the Toffees.

Coleman, 35, is Everton's longest-serving player after joining Sligo Rovers in 2009, making a club record 363 Premier League appearances for the Merseysiders.

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The defender's current contract expires this summer and he says he will “think” about staying at Goodison Park.

“This football club means everything to me,” he told Everton's website, “I think I live and breathe it like everyone else.

“It's been a very bad situation – the last two or three years – and it's not a crime to just rush to work, go home and forget.

“Like I said before when I signed my last contract, it's hard to walk away from something you love.”

Ashley Young, Andre Gomes, Idrissa Gueye and Dele Alli are also out of contract this summer, while loan signings Jack Harrison and Arnaut Danjuma are set to leave.

Director of Football Kevin Thelwell said last week that the players will be sold as they look to balance the books following a campaign which saw them win two points.

'We stuck together'

After surviving the relegation with games remaining, Coleman praised the team's unity under Sean Dyche and the role the fans played.

He added: “A few weeks ago, we were safe, but without support this year and without unity in the team – from the players to the manager – what this team has done this season should not be underestimated.

“A two-point reduction – unheard of. Everyone was writing us. We have seen it all; all the noise.

“The team, to be honest, stuck together. I know that sometimes we can test the patience of the fans, but this is a team I am proud to be a part of in the way we have responded over the last few years.”

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