KEVIN MIRALLAS believes David Moyes will sign a new contract as the Belgian set his sights on double glory with Everton FC.
Moyes, whose present deal expires in the summer, has delayed negotiations over a new deal until the end of the season.
It has prompted speculation the Everton manager may seek pastures new with Chelsea known admirers of the 49-year-old.
Mirallas, though, can see no reason why Moyes will not extend a Goodison commitment that is approaching its 12th year.
“Of course I would be keen if he signed, he showed confidence in me by bringing me to club,” said the Belgium international, who arrived from Olympiakos in August.
“He has been Everton for many years and is very popular with the fans, chairman and players and I am sure he will sign, I cannot see why he wouldn't because of those reasons.”
Everton stand six points off fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and have been handed a home route to the FA Cup semi-finals, with a Goodison quarter-final tie against Wigan Athletic the prize should they beat npower League One strugglers Oldham Athletic in next Wednesday’s fifth-round replay.
And Mirallas added: “If it was down to me winning a trophy would be great, but Champions League qualification would be fantastic.”
A dramatic last-gasp equaliser from Oldham’s Matt Smith held Everton to a 2-2 draw at Boundary Park on Saturday.
And supporters under the age of 16 will be charged only £5 to watch the Goodison replay next week with club officials having reprised an offer that proved popular during last season’s FA Cup run.
Season ticket holders can secure their seats for £20 (£10 concessions) while non-season ticket holders can purchase for £25 (£15 concessions).
The game is scheduled for February 27 (kick-off 7.45pm) but Everton are reminding fans that could change depending on which match is chosen for live television coverage that midweek.
Meanwhile, Alan Stubbs has hailed Everton’s under-21 side after they continued their perfect start to 2013.
Goals from John Lundstram and Ross Barkley were enough to defeat Middlesbrough on Sunday and secure a third win in as many games to put Stubbs’ men top of their group in the revamped competition.
And he said: “There are some talented lads in the group and if we can put that team out every week we won’t be far away from doing really well.
“Obviously there are lads that we want to go out on loan and learn, which they need for the next step, but when we have got everyone together, we will give the best a game. That’s all we can ask for.”