Everton skipper has no intention of leaving Toffees this summer and hopes to build for future.
Everton captain Phil Jagielka says he is content to stay at Goodison Park despite the departure of manager David Moyes to Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement.
The England international had been linked himself with a switch to Old Trafford, but says he is only thinking about the long term future at Everton.
“Yes, definitely,” was Jagielka’s response when asked by the Independent if he planned to stay with the Toffees.
“I was made captain for next season when David Moyes was in charge.
“We will have to wait and see what happens with the new manager, but hopefully he will keep me in that role and it is something that I am looking forward to doing.”
Given how well Manchester United are stocked for centre backs, it would have been a surprise if the Red Devils had recruited Jagielka – even bearing in mind David Moyes’ clear favour for his former skipper.
The Scot is able to call upon Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, and is hardly in need of additional options, even if Jagielka is a brilliant utility figure.
If Moyes does raid his former team, a move for either Leighton Baines or Marouane Fellaini would make much more sense, as central midfield is where the key weakness in the Manchester United squad lies, and left back Patrice Evra is approaching the twilight of his career.