Phil Jagielka confirms Everton departure

Phil Jagielka

Everton legend Phil Jagielka has this evening taken to social media to confirm that he is set to exit the club on a free transfer this summer.

Toffees’ icon

Veteran central-defender Jagielka has been on Everton’s books since 2007, when he made the move to Goodison Park from Sheffield United for just £4 million.

And to say that the stopper’s signature has since proven a superb piece of business would be putting it lightly.

Jagielka has gone on to cement himself as something of a symbol for the Toffees over the course of his decade+ stay on Merseyside, with his stout defensive presence, leadership qualities and professionalism having all proven of the highest order.

All told, the 40-time capped English international racked up almost 400 appearances in Everton’s colours, also acting as club captain for the last 6 campaigns.

After continuing to play a prominent role in the first-team plans of the Goodison outfit up until last season, though, when he managed 23 Premier League starts, Jagielka’s game-time subsequently fell off a cliff following Marco Silva’s appointment last summer.

The presence of the likes of Kurt Zouma, Yerry Mina and Michael Keane eventually led to the aging defender appearing just 7 times in the league over the last 10 months.

‘Journey has come to an end’

As such, with Jagielka’s contract set to expire at the beginning of next month, and the stopper set to turn 37 in August, it always appeared unlikely that he would have any prospects at Everton beyond this summer.

As a result, confirmation of the Toffees’ icon’s imminent departure has since come as little surprise.

Taking to social media a short time ago, Jagielka posted a farewell message to the club’s fans, thanking all associated with the Merseyside outfit for ’12 fantastic seasons’:

Everton have since also confirmed the news, thanking Jagielka for his service:

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