Everton retain Asmir Begovic, release Jonjoe Kenny

Everton have released Jonjo Kenny after the Premier League’s retained list at the end of the season was published.

Frank Lampard’s side offered him a contract extension, but he chose to leave Merseyside in search of regular first-team play elsewhere.

However, Asmir Begovic, the club’s reserve goalkeeper, had a one-year option added to his contract, to keep him at Goodison Park for the time being, while teammate Andy Lonergan also got a new contract to extend his stay. .

A statement on the club’s official website on Saturday said: “Prior to the release of the Premier League retained lists, Everton made the option to extend Asmir Begovic’s contract for another year – and offered a new contract to fellow goalkeeper Andy Lonergan.

“Jungwii Kenny was also offered new terms, but decided to move forward in pursuit of a new opportunity elsewhere.”

Kenny spent 16 years with Everton after attending the club’s academy at the age of nine. During that period, he made 50 Premier League appearances after loan spells with Celtic and Schalke 04 in recent years.

After his free transfer from Bournemouth last summer, Begovic made seven appearances for the club in all competitions during the 2021-22 season, serving as the Bosnian as a substitute for England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford at Goodison Park.

The Toffees also announced that ten young players, including Louis Gibson, have been awarded new contracts this summer.