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:
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Its been hard to confirm my situation for next season as that decision hadn’t been fully made by the club until now, unfortunately my journey at Everton has come to an end after 12 fantastic seasons, I hav been lucky enough to play over 380 games and lucky enough to be club captain for 6 years .All I can say is thanks to all the players I’ve played along side, all the staff that have helped me in thier own way, The Chairman and of course the Amazing fans wishing everyone associated with this special clubs the very best for the future!! COYB (c) 6️⃣
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.
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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.
Bill Kenwright on Phil Jagielka’s departure.— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) June 4, 2019
‘Jags’ is quite simply one of our greatest ever servants,’ he said.
‘From the day he joined us in July 2007, he has epitomised what it is to be an Evertonian and will remain someone who embodies the spirit and values of the Blues’
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.