Keane's Everton Trophy Ambition After Committing Future To Club

Michael Keane says his best football is ahead of him at Everton after signing a new five-year contract with the Club until the end of June 2025.

The 27-year-old defender is targeting both silverware and European football with Everton under “one of the best managers there has been” in Carlo Ancelotti.

Keane has made 94 Premier League appearances since signing from Burnley in summer 2017 and scored three goals.

The former Manchester United centre-back follows fellow Englishmen Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in signing a long-term Everton contract since the appointment of decorated Italian manager Ancelotti back in December.

Keane received Chairman Bill Kenwright’s Blueblood honour at Everton’s end-of-season awards last year in recognition of the affinity he quickly developed with the Club after joining.

The player, who will aim to add to his 10 England caps when joining up with Gareth Southgate’s squad this week for Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark, praised the support he has had from the Club and echoed the ambitions of Holgate and Calvert-Lewin to win major honours with Everton after penning new deals.

“I’ve had so much support since I joined Everton," Keane told evertontv.

"The Chairman has been unbelievable with me. He’s always expressed his belief in me so I want to say thanks to him, and also the staff, my teammates and the fans.

“As a team we have to look to achieve something and push for a trophy.

“It is not easy but it is something we have to aim for.

“The Club has been investing in the team and it is time we started producing results on the pitch.

“We want to finish higher in the table than we did last year and get into Europe.

“And if we can win a cup that would be brilliant.

“It is always helpful when you feel you have a good relationship with your managers and can speak to them about anything, whether it is football or something else.

“I feel I can approach anyone I am playing for at the minute.

“That is a help.

“But the big thing is the football and the way they like to play.

“My style suits both managers and that is probably why you are seeing the best of me at the minute.”

Keane’s most recent Premier League goal settled a Premier League game at Norwich in the week his first child was born in June.

“Having my daughter puts things in perspective,” added Keane, who has played 107 games in all competitions for Everton.

“Family is so important and comes first. It has been amazing to become a dad.

“It was really exciting when it happened and I scored at Norwich.

“It has been a special few months for me.

“You want to have a good relationship with the fans.

“I think the fans respect me… and appreciate the way I play and put my body on the line.

“It is something I will continue to do and, hopefully, they can see me improve as a player as well.”