By Declan Walsh

30th May, 2023 | 8:10am

Jordan Pickford decides whether he wants to stay at Everton - Paul Joyce

Jordan Pickford has decided he wants to stay at Everton after he played a heroic role in Sunday’s safety-winning victory over Bournemouth, according to Paul Joyce.

The Times journalist reported on Monday (29 May) that after signing a new contract at Goodison Park earlier this year, the 29-year-old goalkeeper wants to stay on with the Toffees for what would at least be another season.

Pickford has been linked with a move away from Merseyside and although there was no relegation release clause in the four-and-a-half-year contract he signed in February, there was an informal agreement that he’d be sold if the Blues were relegated [CBS journalist Ben Jacobs]

However, Pickford’s brilliant clean sheet helped Everton earn a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at Goodison on Sunday to seal their survival and with another year of Premier League football ahead, he’s taken the decision to stay put.

Blues legend?

Pickford has played a massive role in Everton’s survival both this season and last season.

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He’s made 237 appearances in all competitions for the Blues since arriving from Sunderland in 2017 but none were more important than that performance against Bournemouth on Sunday.

The England number one had only kept seven clean sheets all season going into the game but despite the Cherries having a lot of chances, they failed to breach Everton’s last line of defence.

There’s no doubt that Pickford has been Everton’s best player of the last few years and keeping him for at least another season is absolutely massive.

If a big club comes along who can offer him a massive pay rise and Champions League football, he may do a U-turn on this decision but we won’t think about that unless it does happen.

For now, let’s enjoy our safety but the really hard work is only just around the corner at Goodison Park because the club’s hierarchy need to figure out how to cut costs and also how to ensure a third relegation battle in a row doesn’t emerge.