Football: Everton captain Phil Jagielka wants to end career at Goodison Park

Everton captain, Phil Jagielka speaks during a press conference for the Barclays Asia Trophy 2015 (BAT) in Singapore on July 14, 2015.
Everton captain, Phil Jagielka speaks during a press conference for the Barclays Asia Trophy 2015 (BAT) in Singapore on July 14, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Everton fans can rejoice to know that their Captain, Phil Jagielka, has committed to staying in the club for the rest of his career.

"I'd love to finish my career in Everton," the Briton said at The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Singapore ahead of the Barclays Asia Trophy tournament that will be played on Wednesday. "It's been a great club for me and I'm proud to have played for two clubs. Obviously Sheffield will have a special place in my heart but it will be almost 10 years that I have played for Everton by the time my contract finishes. It's a long stint but hopefully I can extend it beyond."

Jagielka who was also Everton's player of the year last season will be looking forward to the preseason tournament where he praised the current roster which has a mixture of youth and experience.

"We have a lot of youths and a lot of potential but also a lot of older ones who has a lot to offer. Everyone gets along well and it's something I want to be part of as long as I can," Jagielka said.

Everton will be playing against Stoke City on Wednesday at 6:30 pm and on Saturday for either the third place match or the finals.

"The climate speaks for itself, it will be very difficult, but more importantly there is a trophy to be played for and that has an extra spice to the game," he said. "We are desperate to put a good performance on tomorrow night and hopefully compete in the finals."

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