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by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

David Moyes says the door remains open for Phil Neville to become a member of his coaching staff.

The 36-year-old Everton skipper announced his decision to leave the Club at the end of his current contract this summer and has stated his desire to continue playing.

But Neville has shown an eagerness to pursue a career in coaching - a second stint in a role with England Under-21s is lined up later this year - and Moyes acknowledged the credentials his skipper could offer as part of his back–room group.

"If he wants to be part of my staff here he is more than welcome, he really is," said Moyes. "I have given him an opportunity to stay on.

"He has been a big, powerful influence here for eight years and a big help to me in my job.

"Phil is at a time now where I am not sure he would play all the games for us. He has a little bit of a problem with a knee injury that he has to look after as well and that was reflected in our conversations.

"Phil has decided to continue playing and I am delighted for him. I think it's what he should do. I look at Davie Weir. I let Davie Weir go at a similar age and he went on to play for five more years [at Rangers] and play in a European final.

"I just think this is the right time for Everton. It was Phil who came more to the conclusion."

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