Neville confirms Everton summer departure

Phil Neville has confirmed he will leave Everton this summer when his contract expires, according to the club’s official website, but the former Manchester United player does not plan on retiring.

Neville said: “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.

Neville moved to Goodison Park in the summer of 2005, making his Everton debut in the Champions League qualification play-off against Villarreal, with his league debut coming shortly after against former club United, a match in which he opposed his older brother Gary.

The 36-year-old has played more than 500 games in the Premier League, one of only seven players to do so, with more than 300 of them coming in Everton colours. He was appointed club captain in 2007 when David Weir left for Rangers, and, though not a prolific scorer, won the club’s goal of the season award last season for a strike against West Bromwich Albion.

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