Everton manager David Moyes has confirmed that the club have extended Thomas Hitzlsperger’s contract until the end of the season.

The German international had originally joined the Toffees on a short term contract in October but Moyes has been convinced to keep hold of the former West Ham and Aston Villa player until the summer.

The 30-year-old midfielder has made only seven appearances for the Merseyside club since his arrival but with a relatively small squad, Everton need to have willing rotation players in the ranks.

Promising youngster Ross Barkley has been let out on loan once again, this time to Leeds United, in order to give him first team football and many Evertonians believe Barkley will be a future star for club and country.

Moyes is happy to see the youngster get some more first team football and is also pleased to see the experience of Hitzlsperger remain at the club for a few more months.

“We have decided to keep him on. Thomas is going to stay until the end of the season,” Moyes told Sky Sports.

“He has played a few games for us now, and he has been around the block a few times. He knows exactly what is required.”