Everton midfielder Beni Baningime has signed a new contract with the Merseyside club, it was confirmed on Thursday afternoon.
The Toffees announced on their official website that the 19-year-old has penned a fresh deal with them.
He has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Premier League club and will now hope to become the latest academy sensation to break into the first team.
???? | #EFCU23 midfielder Beni Baningime has signed a new two-and-a-half year deal. Congrats, Beni!
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Tom Davies and Jonjo Kenny are the latest talent to emerge from the youth team to get first-team opportunities under Ronald Koeman.
The Mail previously reported that Everton moved to sort a new deal for Baningime due to interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United.
The Congo-born powerhouse midfielder caught their attention after impressing for Everton’s Under-23s side and has now committed his future to the Toffees.
Good move for Everton?
Everton will be delighted to secure Baningime on a new deal and it will ease concerns that the young talent will be picked up by a rival.
He has all the potential to be the latest breakout star and has become an integral part of the Under-23s team.
The youth team manager David Unsworth has even compared the combative midfielder to Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, who won the PFA Player of the Year last season.
Baningime clearly still has a long way to go, but he is definitely at the right place to help him develop and it may not be long before he gets a first-team chance.
Everton midfielder Davies is a shinning example to follow as the 19-year-old has seized his opportunity ever since he got an opportunity at senior level.
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