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Tim Howard: I'd be crazy to leave Everton for the MLS

'Keeper dismisses Goodison exit talk

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Tim Howard has again played down rumours of a move to the MLS while re-iterating his desire to end his career at Everton in 2016.

Rumours of a move back to America resurfaced in recent months, coinciding with a dip in Howard's form. The performances of back-up 'keeper Joel Robles and rumours linking Everton with goalkeepers in the transfer market also suggested Howard's time as No.1 may be up.

However, speaking after Sunday's win against Newcastle, where Howard kept just his seventh clean sheet of the season and first since November, the 36-year-old committed the rest of his playing career to Everton.

He also hinted that his substantial wages at Goodison would not be matched in the MLS, giving him further reason to stay on Merseyside.

Howard told the Mirror:

"I feel strong. I have got the fire in my belly. But I have three years left and then I finish. That's it.

"The coverage MLS is getting now is incredible, with Frank and Stevie going over. It's exciting to watch and there's a buzz about it.

"But I think it would be crazy to talk about leaving this club.

"The chairman pays me very well and it would be silly to talk about other teams."