Phil Jagielka hopes for Everton stay


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Everton skipper Phil Jagielka admits he does not know if he will remain at the club beyond the summer transfer window but he hopes to extend his stay at Goodison Park.

Jagielka, who joined the Merseyside outfit from Sheffield United in 2007, will enter the final year of his deal at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old has started 23 Premier League matches this season but manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed he wants to strengthen his defensive options when the transfer window reopens.

Jagielka feels he still has plenty to offer Everton but the defender accepts his position could come under threat if the club splash out on a centre-half this summer.

“It is not really about me and what I hope,” he told Sky Sports.

“Obviously I will get time off with the rest of the lads and prepare myself to go back for preseason and see where the land lies.

“I am delighted to be here. I have been here a long time now. I have got at least one more year on my contract and I feel as though I have got a lot more football in me.

“It is up to me to come back in pre-season and prove to the manager that I am not too bad and hopefully I can stick around.”

Everton host Watford on Friday night and they are 1.44 to claim all three points or 2.30 to win to nil.

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