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Phil Jagielka confirms Everton exit

Blues central defender will leave after 12 years at Goodison Park

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Jagielka’s last Everton appearance came in the 2-0 home win over Burnley on May 3
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Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka has announced he will leave the club following the expiry of his contract at the end of June.

Jagielka, 36, has been club captain since the 2013-14 season, but was limited to just seven first team appearances this term.

The former England international took to Instagram to reveal the news on Tuesday afternoon:

Jagielka moved to Goodison Park in the summer of 2007 in a £4 million move from Sheffield United, and has gone on to make 385 appearances and score 19 goals for the Blues.

His two most memorable Toffees goals will likely be the match-winner in April’s 1-0 home win against Arsenal, and the 25-yard screamer which rescued a 1-1 draw for Everton against Liverpool at Anfield in September 2014.

In his time on Merseyside, he also made his England debut, and went on to win 40 caps for his country, two of which came at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

But, like fellow central defender Ashley Williams, Jagielka’s contract will not be renewed when it ends on June 30, and will be included on Everton’s released list, to be published on Friday, June 7.

Left-back Leighton Baines could also be let go, but he has yet to decide whether to accept Everton’s offer of a one-year extension.