Tuesday 09 April 2013
Everton captain Phil Neville has confirmed that he will leave the club at the end of the season.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on Merseyside and will leave with immense pride"
The 36-year-old, who became the seventh player to make 500 Barclays Premier League appearances when facing Wigan Athletic on Boxing Day last year, has yet to decide his next career move. Neville has been working as a coach with the England Under-21 side but has indicated a desire to carry on playing.
“It’s been an honour to play for and captain Everton Football Club,” he told the club’s website. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time on Merseyside and will leave with immense pride.
"I would like to thank the manager, chairman, all the staff and the players at Everton for their continued support during my time at the club. I’d also like to pay a special thanks to the fans, who have been amazing over the past eight years and Everton will always have a place in my heart.
“I want to continue to play at the top level as long as I physically can, and will be weighing up my options before making a decision on my next move. I’ll now be doing everything I can to help Everton finish as high up the league table as possible.”
He has made 242 Barclays Premier League appearances for Everton since joining from Manchester United in the summer of 2005, netting four goals. His strike against West Bromwich Albion last year was voted Everton’s goal of the season. He became club captain in January 2007.
Neville made his Barclays Premier League debut for United against Aston Villa at the start of the 1994/95 season and during his time at Old Trafford won six Barclays Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one UEFA Champions League and one FIFA Club World Cup.
He also won 59 England caps.
Barclays Premier League career at Man Utd (1995-2005)
Played 263; Goals 5; Yellow cards 42; Red cards 0; Wins 175.
At Everton (2005- )
Played 242; Goals 4; Yellow cards 41; Red cards 3; Wins 105.
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Barclays Premier League debut: Man City 0-3 Man Utd, 11 February 1995
100th league match: Middlesbrough 0-1 Middlesbrough, 9 May 1999
200th: Manchester United 2-1 Southampton, 2 November 2002
300th: Everton 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur, 26 August 2006
400th: Aston Villa 3-3 Everton, 12 April 2009
500th: Everton 2-1 Wigan Athletic, 26 December 2012