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Neville Future Undecided

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Phil Neville insisted he remains open minded about his future after ending his eight-year Everton career.
 
The veteran former Blues skipper has not yet ruled out continuing his playing career, with coaching and media work also providing fresh opportunities for the 36-year-old.
 
Neville wasn't involved in Everton's 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on Sunday but was an animated figure as he watched the game from the Stamford Bridge press box.
 
He said: "It has been an emotional week and a fantastic eight years. I am looking forward to the next challenge in my career. It has been a tough season but one of the most enjoyable.
 
"I am in a position many people would love to be in. I am coming to the end of my football career and I have got many options.
 
"I have been preparing for this moment for a number of years. I will take the next couple of weeks to wind down and mentally rest after a hectic couple of weeks. Then I will make my decision and I back myself to make the right decision."
 
Neville has struggled with a knee problem of late and hasn't played for Everton since early March. But he refused to rule out extending a professional playing career that has spanned nearly 20 years.
 
He continued: "I have not made a decision yet - I have not officially retired yet.
 
"Over the next couple of weeks that is the main decision I have to make; whether my body is up to the physical demands of Premier League football. I will sit down with my wife and family and come to that decision.
 
"I have thought about it but I will take a couple of weeks and have a holiday, then make the decision."

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