Phil Neville has today confirmed that he will be leaving Everton at the end of the current season after eight years at the club.
Neville, who joined Everton from Manchester United in the summer of 2005, will take some time to weigh up his options before deciding on his next career move.
A member of Stuart Pearce’s England U21 coaching staff for the upcoming European Championships this summer, Neville has nevertheless made it clear that he is looking to extend his playing career beyond this season.
Neville said, “It’s 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.
"I would like to thank the Manager, Chairman, all of the staff and the players at Everton for their continued support during my time at the club. I’d also like to pay a special thanks to the fans, who have been amazing over the past eight years and Everton will always have a place in my heart. 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. I’ll now be doing everything I can to help Everton finish as high up the league table as possible.”
Neville, who became only the seventh player in Premier League history to make 500 Premier League appearances with the game against Wigan on Boxing Day this season, was 28 when he signed for Everton in August 2005.
He has made 303 appearances for Everton, netting eight goals and being Club captain in January 2007 following the departure of David Weir to Rangers.
He was the winner of the Club's Goal of the Season award last year for his strike against West Brom at Goodison.
His playing career began at Manchester United. During his time at Old Trafford he won six Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one Champions League and one World Club Cup.