Rodwell: I always wanted to stay

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Midfielder Jack Rodwell admits he was flattered by reported interest from Manchester United but never had any intention of leaving Everton.

The 19-year-old has signed a new five-year contract, only 15 months after agreeing his first major deal with the Toffees. That will keep him out of the clutches of a number of top Barclays Premier League clubs who were casting admiring glances at the teenager.

"It is a brilliant day for me. I've been at this club a long time and to sign a new five-year deal is amazing," said the teenager, who had a trial with Liverpool aged six only to be told to come back in a year's time.

"I went on a trial at Liverpool when I was six and they asked me to come back a year later but Everton came knocking and I haven't looked back.

"I've been with Everton since I was seven and at that age you don't really think about the first team.

"It is only about 16 when you think you start to realise you might have a shot. To play for them is an honour, to get this contract is even better.

"I have been happy at this club ever since so when I got offered a five-year contract I was delighted to sign.

"It is flattering, obviously, because to be linked with clubs like United is an honour but I'm perfectly happy to be here and it is a great club.

"I've kept calm and just focused on my football day to day. I trained hard and played hard and knew everything would take care of itself.

"I've not had major discussions over it (the new contract), it has not been an issue. I've just got my head down and played my football."

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