Everton have confirmed that Toffees goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has signed a short-term contract extension at Goodison Park until the end of the 2019-20 campaign.
However, the 37-year-old will subsequently leave the Merseyside club and the Premier League to rejoin Ajax, the club where he came through the ranks.
Stekelenburg joined Everton from Fulham in the summer of 2016, reuniting with compatriot Ronald Koeman after they worked together at Ajax and Southampton.
The Dutch stopper’s first season at Everton saw him share the gloves with Joel Robles, the two making 21 appearances apiece in all competitions.
However, Jordan Pickford’s arrival at Goodison Park the following summer saw Stekelenburg become second choice in between the Everton sticks.
The 6ft 5in stopper has made 26 appearances for the Toffees in all competitions and will rejoin the club where he spent the first nine years of his professional career, won two Eredivisie titles and three Dutch cups.
Stekelenburg has also won 58 senior caps for the Netherlands and was an everpresent during the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals as the Oranje reached the final of the competition.
Some Everton fans wished him well on social media following the announcement:
All the best! Never forget the two saved pens at City ??
— Neil Tyler (@NTylerVI) June 22, 2020
Goodbye, thanks for City away
— Callum (@Cal_EFC) June 22, 2020
Kept his head down and served us well, deserves good fortune
— ☀️ (@thesameasyours_) June 22, 2020
Always put a shift in when he played, didn’t complain about sitting on the bench. Fair play and good luck
— Cam? (@Monolini) June 22, 2020
Worth every penny we’ve paid him for city away???
— Jay (@JayL1878) June 22, 2020
The two penalty saves against city won’t be forgotten thanks maarten ?
— Ben™ (@eireben02) June 22, 2020