Everton boss Ronald Koeman is not willing to sanction a departure for Phil Jagielka today, no matter what happens concerning incoming deals at Goodison Park.
Following weeks of speculation linking Everton captain Phil Jagielka with a reunion with former Toffees boss David Moyes, Dutch manager Ronald Koeman has insisted his club captain will not be sold under any circumstances.
The Mirror report the stance will not change even if Everton succeed in their advances to sign Michael Keane from Burnley, with the Toffees currently locked in negotiations with the Clarets to try and sign the England U21 international.
Whatever happens though, 34-year-old Jagielka will be going nowhere today, despite limited football this season.
Asked by reporters if Jagielka would leave on Deadline Day, Ronald Koeman said:
“No, No. No, because we need more than 11 players. I spoke to Phil and he accepts it — we spoke about his position and the need to fight like everybody who is not involved or starting because we need competition.”
“We have a squad and those not starting need to fight. We need competition. I understand it’s difficult, he’s the captain, but we like to keep him because he can play an important role to the end of the season.”
Despite Jagielka’s reduced playing time at Everton, with the Toffees regularly fielding Ashley Williams and Ramiro Funes Mori ahead of the England international, keeping Jagielka at Goodison Park is certainly the right move.
The 34-year-old does have limited time left in him, and would be expected to leave this summer, but removing the club-captain from the squad halfway through the season is a scenario that everyone would like to avoid.
Jagielka’s experience will have a huge impact other the younger players in the squad and that’s as valuable as performances on the field, as he can help craft the next generation of stars on Merseyside.