By Joe Ellis

13th May, 2022 | 4:40pm

Everton set to offer contract extension to Asmir Begovic

Bosnia and Herzegovina international Asmir Begovic is set to extend his stay at Everton as the club looks to trigger a clause in his contract.

According to The Athletic, the 34-year-old has a one-year optional extension to the current deal he has at Goodison Park and Frank Lampard has decided to trigger it to keep him around the club.

Begovic has played just six times this season for the Toffees, with only two of those appearances coming in the Premier League with four domestic cup starts to his name as well.

The Bosnian has been the perennial understudy to Jordan Pickford all campaign long with the England number one producing a number of match-defining performances in the club’s relegation battle.

Having only arrived last summer, this extended deal will take him to the summer of 2023 but he is still expected to be the emergency backup should anything happen to Pickford.

No harm done

It might appear to be a strange decision to extend the contract of a player with so few appearances this season but it is always a safe bet to keep an experienced goalkeeper around.

You never quite know what is around the corner and a big injury or suspension for Pickford would leave Lampard scrambling for shot-stoppers had he let the 34-year-old leave on a free this summer.

Now he can relax in the knowledge that he has two very competent goalkeepers in his armoury and should anything happen to his first choice, he won’t have to throw a kid in at the deep end with very little notice.

This doesn’t necessarily mean the Bosnian will even stay yet; the club may be able to consider selling him for a small fee rather than lose him for nothing.

But Lampard would be a fool to try and move on a player with such great experience and ability for a few bob when he can offer all of that and then some by staying for another year and leaving for nothing in 2023.

In other Everton news, Jaap Stam has hinted at whether Donny van de Beek will get more game time at Manchester United next season or if he’s on his way out of Olf Trafford.

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