Man United transfers: My future is definitely at Everton, says Jagielka
Man United transfers: Everton defender Phil Jagielka says his future is "definitely" at the Toffees
Phil Jagielka says his future “definitely” lies with Everton as the centre-half moved to end speculation he could quit Goodison Park.
The Toffees defender has been linked with a possible move to Manchester United after David Moyes was confirmed as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor earlier this month.
Jagielka, who joined from Sheffield United in 2007, was named captain by Moyes and the England international is keen to stay at the Toffees.
When asked if he wants to stay at Everton, Jagielka replied: “Yes, definitely.
“I was made captain for next season when David Moyes was in charge.
“We will have to wait and see what happens with the new manager, but hopefully he will keep me in that role and it is something that I am looking forward to doing.”
Jagielka also rubbished the suggestion that the uncertainty surrounding Everton could distract the defender for England’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley on Wednesday.
“I will be able to put it to the back of the mind, definitely,” added Jagielka.
“We all knew the situation. It wasn’t sprung upon us because we had a couple of games to deal with it towards the end of the season when we knew the manager was leaving.
“I thought as a team and as a club we sorted it really well and gave the manager a great send off. We got over it in the course of those few weeks and I am away with England now so i will look forward to these two games.
“I’m not really thinking about (Everton) until we report back in July and hopefully by then we will have a manager sorted and we will see where it takes us from there.”