Aurora Galli has agreed a one-year contract extension with Everton until the end of June 2024.
The 26-year-old midfielder, who has 38 caps for Italy, joined the Club in July 2021 from Juventus and is a popular figure in Brian Sorensen’s squad.
Galli, nicknamed ‘Yaya’, became the first-ever Italian player to compete in the Women’s Super League and remained the nation’s only representative until the Toffees signed fellow Italy international Martina Piemonte earlier this summer.
Galli featured in 20 of Everton’s 22 league matches last season and, after putting pen to paper on a new deal, is looking forward to the challenge of her third season in royal blue.
“It’s a big responsibility this season because it’s my third year in England,” she told evertonfc.com.
“I feel so happy to be here because when you are able to continue with our progress and the group continues to mature, it feels special to be a part of it.
“I’m confident we are moving in a positive direction and can once again show what we’re capable of this season.
“Evertonians mean so much to me and I look forward to being with them for another year.”
The Italian arguably produced some of her best performances in an Everton shirt last season under the guidance of manager Sorensen.
Galli explained how their relationship has strengthened over the past 12 months and is excited how the Dane can elevate her game further.
“Last season, we had a really good understanding of each other and what he expects of me as a player,” said Galli.
“Brian understands my personality and I’m very open-minded of what role he wants me to play.
“No matter if I play or not, I will always give 100 per cent to the group. I will play any position he likes; all I want to do is to help the team.
“The most important thing is we trust each other and I’m looking forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship this season.”
Manager Sorensen added: “Yaya is a fantastic person and a great footballer.
“She’s technically very gifted, she understands what we want to do really well.
“From very early on working with her, she understands what we’re trying to do.
“Towards the end of last season, she began to show what she’s made of and hopefully we can build on that.
“We have a long pre-season where we can continue that growth so when the season starts, she can be as sharp as she can be.
“She’s a super professional and I really enjoy working with her.”