Everton captain Phil Neville is likely to still be playing in the Premier League next season despite his announcement yesterday that he will be leaving Goodison Park.
The 36-year-old utility man has spent eight years at Everton and helped the club consistently achieve top half of the table finishes. His contract runs out at the end of the season and David Moyes has agreed to let him leave as he wants to continue playing regular first team football.
Moyes is famous for being able to spot a bargain and at £3.5m from Manchester United, Neville is one of his best signings. As he announced he will be leaving, Neville said: “It has 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.”
Everton has a special place in Neville’s heart
He thanked his manger, chairman and the Everton fans and said the club will always have a special place in heart.
He added: “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.”
There will be no shortage of takers for the former England international. The Daily Mail’s Dominic King says that Stoke, Aston Villa and QPR would all be keen to sign Neville if they survive the drop. Steve Bruce’s Hull City would also be interested if they are promoted.
Neville also has ambitions to become a coach and will work with Stuart Pearce and the England Under 21s at the European Championships in the summer. He is also studying for his UEFA A Licence. He is likely to have plenty to offer a new club as a coach as well as a player.