Phil Jagielka confirmed on Instagram that he’s leaving Everton after 12 years at Goodison Park. The 36-year-old fell down the pecking order under Marco Silva and was out of contract this summer. Due to the lack of playing time in 2018/19, Everton opted against renewing his deal and now Jagielka has to weigh up what he wants to do next.
He said on Instagram: “It’s 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 have 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 alongside, all the staff that have helped me in their 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????”
In his final campaign at Everton, the England international made seven Premier League appearances, scoring one goal. Jagielka found himself behind Michael Keane, Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma last season, spending the majority of his time out of the matchday squad or as an unused substitute.
The centre-back joined Everton from Sheffield United in 2007 and went on to make a total of 385 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 30 goals. Jagielka will turn 37 in August, but it’s unknown if he’s considering retirement or will carry on playing. His recent statement makes no suggestion either way.
Jagielka’s release will be officially confirmed on Friday when Everton announced their retained list for 2018/19. He’ll certainly be a big loss to the club.