Alessandro Pistone believes that he is more than capable of a
sustained run in the Everton first team next season.
Injury has interrupted each of the Italian defender's three
years at Goodison Park but now he says he's never felt
Involved in every training session since returning for the
preparations almost five weeks ago, the former Milan and Newcastle
star has already set himself a target.
However, Pistone has decided against adopting the age old
clichés of 'helping the club get into Europe' or
'finishing as high up the table as possible', instead his
primary aim is much simpler - to stay injury free.
"That is what I am looking for - being fit for as long as I
can," he told evertonfc.com at the Blues' St Andrews
"Last year we had a good pre-season but unfortunately I
couldn't participate in it all because I had to stop for a
while because of injury.
"I just want to finally have a season without any injuries
and play as many games as I can. I think if that happens then I
have a chance.
"There are many, many games and the gaffer has told us that
if we play well then we will keep our place in the side.
"I think that is right attitude. Everyone then has to give
100 per cent at all times in order to keep their place."
Pistone, who made 21 appearances for the Blues last term, has
done his chances of a starting berth no harm with a number of
impressive displays at both left and right back.
But he remains coy over his preference and to this question he
does offer the stock response.
"I am ready to play wherever the manager wants me to,"
he said. "I just want to play as many games as is
"There is competition for places here now and that is
normal. Last season was a very competitive season at the club, so
I think this one will be the same.
"We are preparing ourselves in a good way for the start of
the new campaign. We are working hard each day and have been
involved in some tough games over the past couple of