Under-23s Goalkeeper Leban Extends Everton Stay

Everton Under-23s goalkeeper Zan-Luk Leban has agreed a new one-year deal with the Club until the end of June 2023.

The 19-year-old Slovenia youth international moved to Merseyside in 2019 from Polish side FCB Escola Varsovia and is aiming to continue his progress competing against the likes of Harry Tyrer and Billy Crellin with the young Blues.

“I’m very happy to sign this new deal,” Leban told evertontv. “Everton are a big club and I’m buzzing to keep learning and progressing as a goalkeeper.

“I believe I’ve strengthened every aspect of the game since I joined the Club.

“Off the pitch, I’ve grown a lot as a person, too. We’ve got some great goalkeepers here – Harry Tyrer, Billy Crellin – we all push each other to be better.

“The whole atmosphere inside the Club is really positive, with nice people. It’s a good environment to work in.”

Leban had been a standout performer for the Under-18s in 2020/21, starting 19 league games and helping the Blues beat Manchester City and Chelsea in their FA Youth Cup run to the last eight.

After progressing into the Under-23s, the shot-stopper outlined his goals for next season.

“I want to play as much as I can,” Leban added. “I’m keen to continue my development and improve as a player.

“I want to impress the people we have at the Club, but I want to also prove to myself that I can do it.

“I just want to keep on pushing.”