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Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta has ended speculation over his future by signing a new five-year contract.

Arteta, 28, has been linked with Manchester City, Arsenal, Barcelona and Sevilla this summer, and boss David Moyes said on Friday: "We cannot keep our best players if our wages don't increase."

Chairman Bill Kenwright said he was hopeful Arteta would stay but could not make guarantees, but Arteta has now ended the talk by penning a new deal.

Arteta told the club's website: "What this summer has made me realise is how important I am to the club and how important the club is to me. The chairman and the manager wanted me to stay 120% and that makes me feel proud.

"We are all seeing the club and the future in the same way and that is special - something that you don't always find. I believe in this squad. We have got a very strong squad now and it is getting difficult to pick an 11 because of the players we have.

"Something is happening here and I want to be a part of it."

Kenwright has hailed Arteta as one of the greatest players in the club's history.

"Mikel Arteta is one of the finest players ever to wear an Everton shirt and over the past few weeks his pride in wearing that shirt has helped our conversations hugely," he said.

"Alongside several others in the squad, we are both passionate Evertonians. After already tying up the likes of Tim Cahill, Jack Rodwell, Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman on long-term deals we have now agreed terms with one of the finest and most influential players in our recent history."

Moyes added: "It's great news that Mikel Arteta has pledged his future to Everton. He is a very important player for us and we are delighted to secure him.

"The chairman deserves a lot of credit for making this deal happen. He is continually trying to move the club forward."

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