Heitinga hints at Everton exit

John Heitinga has suggested he could be the latest name out the door at Everton after revealing he has yet to speak with the club about a new contract, Sky Sports has reported.

The Toffees are already losing manager David Moyes to Manchester United and Heitinga, 29, is approaching the final year of his existing deal and has yet to sign a new one. The centre-back suggested that if Everton would like to receive a fee for him, they will have to sell him this summer – but denied already having a new club lined up.

If they want to earn something for me, this is the moment, Heitinga told Voetbal International. “I have made no arrangement with the club about that. I will just wait and see what happens,” the World Cup runner-up said.

Heitinga also revealed that he was previously close to leaving Goodison Park, with a switch to Fenerbahce collapsing when Everton refused to budge on their valuation of the former Atletico Madrid defender. “Everton asked too much and the deal collapsed,” Heitinga claimed.

The ex-Ajax player moved to Merseyside in 2009 and has played more than 100 games for Everton. He was named the club’s player of the year for the 2011/12 season but found appearances more limited in the campaign just ended, competing with Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka for a place under the now-departed Moyes.

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