Kone earns Everton contract extension
Everton striker Arouna Kone’s 35th appearance has activated a 12-month extension to the 31-year-old’s contract, which was set to expire next summer.
Having been hit by a serious knee injury in his first season at Goodison Park, Kone has had to battle back to ensure his Toffees’ future was safe.
A hat-trick and the match ball in Sunday’s 6-2 thrashing of Sunderland was also greeted by a further 12-month deal for the Ivorian.
“Today was the most complete 90 mins he has had and it was a phenomenal 90 minutes because it triggers an extension to his contract.” Everton boss Roberto Martinez told the Liverpool Echo.
“That special feeling from the crowd towards him is because he can score a goal out of nothing. He is a sensational example to any young footballer facing adversity.”
Kone has managed five goals in 11 league games this term, which is a contrast to what was expected of the former Sevilla man who set to leave the Merseysiders next the summer.
Martinez added:”It was a really tough injury and I have seen players retiring from that. He got fit but then had a period of getting back to match fitness but no one in the training ground ever lost faith in him.”
Thankfully, Kone’s goals made up a four-goal margin over relegation threatened Sunderland, who had looked on course for a rare point.