Seamus Coleman has committed his long-term future to Everton by signing a contract extension through to 2019.
Coleman, the Toffees' Player of the Season for 2013-14, has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Arsenal.
But the Republic of Ireland right-back, who moved to Goodison Park from Irish side Sligo Rovers in 2009, insisted he was always keen to stay.
He told Everton's official website: "With how much I love playing at Everton, I was delighted to get the chance to sign another contract.
"I've been at Everton five years now and I love everything around the place. I love working with all the players, the staff, the coaching staff -- everything. It was a very happy decision to make."
Coleman's previous deal ran until 2018, but Everton have extended it for a further year and improved his salary in an attempt to ward off interest from other clubs.
The 25-year-old made 41 appearances for Everton last season, scoring a career-best tally of seven goals.