Distin Set For Landmark Game
French defender preparing for his 400th Premier League match.
Sylvain Distin says it will simply be business as usual at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, despite the Frenchman reaching a notable personal landmark.
Should the defender take to the field against Manchester United, he will be making his 400th Premier League appearance.
The achievement is even more significant given that he will be the first overseas outfield player to reach that milestone.
“I’m not there yet so I’m not pleased," Distin, modestly, told evertontv. "But if it happens then it’s obviously something pretty amazing.
“I don’t count games to be fair so you could say to me 200, 300, 500 and I would just have said ‘yes’.
“I just take games one after each other and enjoy my time, but they are the kind of records that you can only be pleased about.”
Distin’s first taste of league football on these shores came in September 2001 with Newcastle United – coincidently against Everton’s opponents this Sunday.
The Magpies ran out 4-3 winners that afternoon against Manchester United, although Distin actually counts his second Premier League outing as his proper debut.
He recalled: “I only played something like a minute, if that. I can’t really remember touching the ball so I don’t count that as a game.
“I remember my first real game which was West Ham away. One centre-back (Warren Barton) got injured and I came on. That was the first game for me.”
Distin spent one season on loan at St James’ Park, after which he completed a £4million move from Paris St Germain to Manchester City the following summer.
After half a decade with City, the 35-year-old then moved to Portsmouth in 2007 before switching to Goodison Park four years ago.
Distin recently signed a new one-year contract with Everton, which will extend his stay until the summer of next year.
“When you think about it, it’s something you have to be proud of because playing in the Premier League is not easy and staying there is even harder,” added the Frenchman, when reflecting on his time to date in England.
“It’s an achievement, definitely, but after I have played this game (against Manchester United) I will think about it then move on.”
Watch the full interview above to catch the thoughts of Distin, who also recalls his favourite games in English football and previews Sunday's trip to Old Trafford.
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