Michael Keane

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Michael Keane completed a move to Everton from Burnley in July 2017 for a fee that had the potential to reach a then Club record-equalling £30million.
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, 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 Keane 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 the month he signed, 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 Europa League round, nodding home a Leighton Baines cross against Hajduk Split.

A foot injury curtailed Keane's progress around 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 established himself as a cornerstone of his team'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.

Keane added to his England caps tally in 2019/20 – he had played 10 times for his country by summer 2020 – a campaign when he made 34 appearances in all competitions and scored twice.


The player signed fresh five-year terms on the eve of 2020/21, keeping him at Goodison until at least June 2025.


He started 33 Premier League games and 39 in all competitions in his first season after agreeing that new deal – joint-highest with forward Richarlison on both counts.


There were 41 appearances in all, with Keane's four goals including three in the league and one in a home Merseyside derby draw, in addition to a further two England caps.


He played 38 matches across the competitions in 2021/22 and scored three goals, most notably an accomplished finish to spark Everton's revival from two goals down against Crystal Palace on a night of high drama at Goodison as the Club secured its Premier League status with one game to spare.

Keane featured 14 times the following season and scored a goal-of-the-season contender at Goodison Park against Tottenham Hotspur in April 2023. A goal down and reduced to 10 men, Keane powered the ball from long range to equalise with just minutes left.

The goal ensured Everton took a point from the game, which would prove vital in their efforts to secure Premier League safety.

Contracted until: June 2025

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