Posted: Mon January 27, 2014 10:26AM; Updated: Mon January 27, 2014 10:26AM

Leighton Baines signs 4-year extension with Everton

Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
Leighton Baines
England and Everton left back Leighton Baines, center, has signed a four-year contract extension with the Toffees.
Dave Thompson/Press Association/AP

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) - England left back Leighton Baines has signed a new four-year contract with Everton, ending Manchester United's hopes of luring the defender to Old Trafford.

The 29-year-old Baines has established himself as one of the top attacking full backs in the country and was the subject of two bids from United during the last offseason.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that keeping Baines at the club is a ''massive boost and exciting for the future'' because he brings ''maturity and football knowledge in a very specialized position on the pitch'' and an ''infectious and positive influence to the rest of the squad.''

Baines, who joined Everton from Wigan in 2007, is battling with Ashley Cole to be England's starting left back at the World Cup in Brazil.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

SI Videos
Videos from the Web
Hot Topics: Sammy Watkins NFL Draft Rick Adelman NFL Questions Aaron Hernandez Donald Trump
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved. Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint