The 23-year-old defender has developed to a first-team routine for the Toffees, impressing at Goodison Park beneath Carlo Ancelotti.

Everton defender Mason Holgate, allegedly a transfer target for Manchester City, has signed a new contract with the Merseyside club.

The 23-year-old defender has committed to some four-and-a-half-year deal at Goodison Park, keeping him with the Toffees before the summer of 2025.

Holgate has been a standard for Everton this season, making 26 appearances in all competitions and not missing a Premier League game since early October.

“This is my fifth season in Everton and my development as a person and a player in that period was enormous,” Holgate informed EvertonTV.

“The direction the club is going, it’s an excellent club to be at and I’m really excited about it.

“we would like to proceed to the next step and push for bigger and better things.

“I wish to win things — and winning some silverware is where I visit us.

“It is undoubtedly a favorable time to be here and I’m looking forward to seeing just how far we could go.”

Holgate was linked with a move to City on account of the defensive issues that have led to Pep Guardiola’s side’s stuttering form this year.

Section of Guardiola’s appetite for defensive reinforcements stems from the current inconsistency of former Everton defender John Stones — who, like Holgate, originally joined the Toffees from Barnsley before impressing in the Premier League.

Everton are now 11th in the table after a contentious 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.

Supervisor Carlo Ancelotti was struck with a misconduct charge from the FA after his angry reaction to Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s late disallowed goal in that match.

However, Holgate is eager to contribute to the fighting spirit within the squad.

“Me personally, and I believe I can speak for the remaining boys, we are not likely to get pushed and walked over if something is happening or has to be said,” he added.

“We will need to stand up strong and be a part of that, and that is not something that I am scared to do.

“At the end of the day I wish to win football games, I do not want to be someone’s friend when I am playing against them.”