Everton trigger Abdoulaye Doucoure’s one-year contract extension ahead of their crucial final weekend against Bournemouth – as the Mali midfielder prepares to fight for the survival of the Toffees
- Abdoulaye Doucoure will remain an Everton player until the end of next season
- The Toffees have opted to activate the midfielder’s contract extension option
- He has played a key role for Sean Dyche, scoring four goals in his last nine games
Everton have activated Abdoulaye Doucoure’s one-year contract extension ahead of their crucial final game of the season against Bournemouth.
Sean Dyche’s side, who hold a slender two-point advantage over relegation rivals Leicester and Leeds heading into the final weekend, can secure their Premier League safety with a victory against the traveling Cherries at Goodison Park Sunday.
Although the top flight’s survival has yet to be assured, Everton confirmed on Tuesday that Doucoure would remain at the club until June 2024, with his contract initially set to expire at the end of the season.
The Mali international has become a key figure in Dyche’s fight against the drop, with four goals and two assists since March.
The industrious midfielder enjoyed a more advanced role under Dyche, alongside defensive anchors Idrissa Gueye and Amadou Onana in the engine room.
Everton have decided to activate the one-year extension option of Abdoulaye Doucoure’s contract
Sean Dyche’s side will fight for Premier League safety on Sunday as they take on Bournemouth
Doucoure, pictured next to Dwight McNeil (right), has scored four goals in his last nine games
His first-half brace against Brighton two weeks ago helped the Toffees to a decisive 5-1 victory at the Amex.
Doucoure has made 94 appearances since his £20million move from Watford in 2020, scoring nine goals in total.
The 30-year-old star fell out of favor during Frank Lampard’s tenure at the club but has since shown the Everton board he deserves a further season at Goodison Park.
Having previously represented the Hornets, Doucoure has played in each of the last seven Premier League seasons, racking up 24 top-flight appearances this term.