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Heitinga Leaves For Fulham

Dutchman moves to Craven Cottage on a free transfer.

Heitinga Leaves For Fulham

Defender John Heitinga has left Everton and joined Fulham on a free transfer.

The 30-year-old Dutchman departs Goodison Park after four-and-a-half years with the Club.

In that time, Heitinga amassed 140 first-team appearances, scoring five goals.

His last outing for the Blues came during this month's FA Cup fourth round match at Stevenage, the centre-back stepping off the bench to head Everton's third goal in a 4-0 win.

However, that was one of just five appearances this term and manager Roberto Martinez only reiterated as recently as Thursday that he would be prepared to allow Heitinga to leave in order for the Netherlands star to fulfil his desire for regular football ahead of this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Speaking following the completion of the deal, Martinez said: "Johnny has left with our best wishes and we hope everything goes as planned and he can get in the World Cup squad. He's been a terrific servant and we wish him well."

A September 2009 arrival from Atletico Madrid, Heitinga proved his versatility during his time on Merseyside, also performing at right-back and in midfield, earning the votes of supporters to be named the Club's Player of the Season in 2012.

An international of 87 caps, he became the first Everton player since Ray Wilson to appear in a World Cup final when he represented his country against Spain in 2010.


adrian kennyWe're a lot weaker after this window. Distin coming towards the end of his career and our only 2 strikers are on loan. Worrying times ahead.....

Saturday 1st February 11:27 Report Comment

t bIt was a free, but I think losing his significant wages from our bill will be worth it.

Saturday 1st February 10:49 Report Comment

Per Arne DragstenAll the best Johnny. Why we did not sell last summer and got some money for him i dont understand?

Saturday 1st February 10:04 Report Comment

David FosterReally don't see the point in letting players go if your not going to bring in any replacements.

Saturday 1st February 09:39 Report Comment

gary jonesall the best jonny,you are down in everton foulk law with that ashley cole stunt at chelsea in the fa cup ,il never for get that ,thanks for the memories

Saturday 1st February 09:05 Report Comment

Ian Cuddythat game at Chelsea in the cup sums it up, Good Luck Johnny

Saturday 1st February 08:17 Report Comment

Ned McCarthyhopefully that frees up the wage bill for the summer. surely we have money to spend after felliani and anichebe

Saturday 1st February 05:33 Report Comment

Alan VennerBest of luck with your move Johnny your leaving comments show how much you have been committed to the Everton cause, once a blue always a blue mate, take care

Saturday 1st February 02:15 Report Comment

Derek PriceBest wishes John. Sorry to see you go.

Friday 31st January 23:31 Report Comment

PAUL BirminghamBest of Luck Johnny, you done us proud and your always a Blue. Chelsea away in the Cup , and many time you showed your pride for our club. All The Best.

Friday 31st January 22:59 Report Comment

Minik HansenFree.. I hope people at EFC knows what they're doing.

Friday 31st January 22:42 Report Comment

Julian Gray65k a week off the wage bill... They're dancing in the streets Minik! Not bad for a bench warmer hay.

Saturday 1st February 08:03 Report Comment

Ken DaviesAll the best Johnny! Hope you make it to Brazil.

Friday 31st January 22:41 Report Comment
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