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The veteran centre-back agrees a contract extension that ties him to Goodison Park until the summer of 2015, joining Leighton Baines in pledging his future to the Toffees

Everton defender Sylvain Distin has agreed a one-year contract extension until 2015.

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The Frenchman made the switch to Goodison Park in a deal reportedly worth £5 million from Portsmouth in August 2009.

Everton are one of four clubs in England for whom Distin has appeared, having had a loan spell at Newcastle in 2001-2002 before enjoying a five-year spell at Manchester City.

The 36-year-old, who became the first foreign outfield player to rack up 400 Premier League games, has forged a strong centre-back partnership with Phil Jagielka in recent seasons and has made 177 appearances for the Merseyside club.

Distin's deal had originally been due to expire in June but he joins full-back Leighton Baines in committing to Everton, with the England international having penned a four-year deal on Monday.

News of the centre-back's new contract will be a welcome boost to manager Roberto Martinez following a 4-0 defeat at rivals Liverpool on Tuesday, a result that leaves his side four points adrift of the Champions League places.

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