***Sponsored by ECL Civil Engineering***
Michael Keane completed his move to Everton from Burnley for a fee that could rise to a Club record-equalling £30million in July 2017.
The England defender penned a five-year deal at Goodison Park.
Keane came through the ranks at Manchester United and signed his first professional contract with the Red Devils on his 18th birthday in 2011.
He made his first-team debut for United in the League Cup against Aldershot Town in the same year and after several more appearances in the competition, and productive loan spells with Leicester City, Derby County and Blackburn Rovers, made his Premier League bow as a 43rd-minute substitute in a 1-1 draw with Sunderland in August 2014.
Prior to that, the Stockport-born centre-half won United’s Reserve Player of the Year award in 2012 after helping the team to the league title, securing the prize with 60 per cent of the overall vote, with current Three Lions teammate Jesse Lingard runner-up on 24 per cent.
Keane joined Burnley on an initial six-month loan in September 2014, before completing a permanent move for an undisclosed fee in January 2015.
His performances in the Premier League earned Keane a first senior England call-up in October 2016 and he was given his debut by Gareth Southgate – formerly his international manager at Under-21 level - in a friendly defeat in Germany, where he impressed for the full 90 minutes to earn a second cap days later in a World Cup qualifying win over Lithuania at Wembley.
Keane’s efforts also earned him nominations for the PFA Young Player of the Year and Burnley’s Players’ Player of the Year awards.
After making his Everton debut in the Europa League qualifying tie with Ruzomberok at Goodison Park in July 2017, Keane would go on to make 38 appearances for the Blues in his maiden season. He netted his first goal for the Toffees in the following round, nodding home a Leighton Baines cross against Hajduk Split.
A foot injury curtailed Keane's progress across the turn of the year but in 2018 he became a regular at the heart of the Everton defence.
Keane grew in confidence and stature during 2018-19 and establishing himself as a cornerstone of the manager's back four. He made 33 Premier League appearances and helped the Toffees record 15 clean sheets.
The player's consistently excellent performances were rewarded with an England recall early in the campaign and he scored his maiden international goal in March 2019 - powering home a header in the Three Lions' 5-1 Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Montenegro.
Contracted until: June 2022