According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Everton has chosen to exercise the one-year contract extension in Abdoulaye Doucoure’s current deal, allowing him to continue his stay at Goodison Park for an additional season, informs the IF.
Doucoure was brought in from Watford in September 2020 for a transfer fee of around £20 million, signing a three-year contract at the time. Since then, the Mali international has emerged as a pivotal figure in Everton’s midfield and his absence due to injury has been felt by the team.
With his contract nearing its expiration, the club has taken the decision to secure his services for another year. Once the extension is activated, the 30-year-old midfielder will remain with Everton until the conclusion of the following season. Doucoure has made appearances in 24 out of Everton’s 37 league games this season, contributing to six goals.
He has also faced challenges with a hamstring injury that caused him to miss several matches earlier in the campaign. With the relegation battle underway, Doucoure will now direct his complete focus on ensuring Everton’s continued presence in the Premier League.
Understand Everton have triggered the option clause to extend Abdoulaye Doucouré’s contract. 🚨🔵 #EFC
Deal will be valid for one more year now. pic.twitter.com/1PJKUygtMl
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 22, 2023