Darron Gibson insisted that leaving Everton never crossed his mind after having his contract extended to June 2018.
The 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international is hoping for a productive period ahead with the Toffees after suffering a string of injuries in the past couple of seasons.
“I am absolutely delighted,” he exclusively told evertontv. “I had a few options but as long as Everton were giving me the option I was never going anywhere else. People say, ‘Once Everton has touched you,’ and it is true. It is a great club, there are great people here and the dressing room is great, so I was never signing anywhere else.
“Obviously, I have had a tough few years but thankfully the Club have stuck by me and I have signed for another two years, so hopefully the next two years go a lot better.
“The fans are unbelievable and it is a great Club. Signing for Manchester United four-and-a-half years ago was a great move for me and I am delighted to commit my future here.
“The first year I came, I had a great season but obviously the rest I have been injured quite a bit. Last year I was fit but didn’t play too much, so it is nice to know the Club and the fans are still behind me.
“There have been highs and lows. I just want to put the past behind me and look forward to the next two years.”
Gibson, who has 27 caps and one goal for Ireland, has predicted successful times on the horizon with a clutch of new talent on the verge of breaking through to the first team and a new manager set to take charge.
He added: “The last game of the season was brilliant with the young lads coming in and doing very well. It is an exciting time ahead and everyone will be motivated to push on and do as well as we possibly can.”
Gibson has played 68 times for the Blues, scoring twice.