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Big deal for Stones

John Stones feels certain Everton can once again challenge for a Champions League place this season after signing a new five-year contract at Goodison Park.

The 20-year-old defender, whose breakthrough campaign last term earned him England honours, has joined the likes of Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman in committing to Everton.

Now his goal is to help Everton improve on last year's fifth place even as they juggle Europa League commitments this time around.

"With the lads we've got on board from last season we can only better ourselves," Stones said. "It will be a very exciting season and the work we've done in the background has been very positive so far. We're very focused in what we want this season and in Europe. We want to better ourselves and I've said before the top five, top four, that's what we're aiming for. It's key that we're all on the same wavelength."

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