9 April, 2013 - 11:38

Phil Neville set to leave Everton in summer

Phil Neville set to leave Everton in summer

Everton veteran defender Phil Neville revealed he is going to leave the club after his contract expires at the end of the season.

36-year-old Neville has joined the Toffees from Manchester United in 2005, and has been an integral part of first team ever since. He has made 303 first-team starts for Everton, reaching the milestone of 500 Premier League appearances on Boxing Day, 2012. The former England international said he does not plan to hang his boots, however he has not yet decided on his next move.

Neville said in a statement on official Everton website: “It’s been an honour to play for and captain Everton Football Club. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time on Merseyside and will leave with immense pride.

“I would like to thank the manager, chairman, all of the staff and the players at Everton for their continued support during my time at the club.

“I’d also like to pay a special thanks to the fans, who have been amazing over the past eight years and Everton will always have a place in my heart.

“I want to continue to play at the top level as long as I physically can, and will be weighing up my options before making a decision on my next move. I’ll now be doing everything I can to help Everton finish as high up the league table as possible.”

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Author: Basil Naumov

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