Everton goalkeeper Joao Virginia has signed a new two-year deal with the Club until the end of June 2025.
The 23-year-old Portuguese joined the Blues from Arsenal in August 2018, before playing a significant role in the Under-21s’ double-winning season during his debut campaign.
Virginia had made three Men’s Senior Team appearances for Everton, earning his debut against Salford City in the Carabao Cup in September 2020.
The Portugal Under-21 international has also gained further experience with loan spells at Reading, Sporting Clube de Portugal and Dutch club SC Cambuur
“I’m really happy to be at Everton and it’s a great moment for me and my family to sign this new contract,” Virginia told evertonfc.com.
“It’s nice to be back at Finch Farm and I’m looking forward to the season.
“A lot has changed since I’ve been away on loan last season. There’s new players and a new manager so it feels like a fresh start."
Virginia gained valuable experience last season at SC Cambuur, making 17 Eredivisie starts and registering the fifth highest save percentage in the Dutch top-flight.
On the positive impact of his loan moves, Virginia added: “Going out there and experiencing new football, new countries, new cultures, and new dressing rooms makes you grow a lot. As a goalkeeper, you need that.
“I’d like to play more and more. Obviously at a big club like Everton, it’s a step up but I want to take on that challenge.
“The goalkeeping group is really good and we have experience with [Jordan] Pickford and [Andy] Lonergan. I’m looking forward to working with them.”
On Virginia’s new contract, Everton Director of Football, Kevin Thelwell, said: “Joao is a talented young goalkeeper who holds a lot of promise and we’re pleased to have him extend his time at the Club.
“He’s gained valuable experience through his loan moves as he continues his development."