Sylvain Distin believes that Everton teammate Phil Jagielka will stay with the club next season, despite continued speculation linking the defender with a move to Arsenal over the summer.

Arsenal admitted last month that they had made a bid for Jagielka, but the offer was rejected by the Toffees and was deemed to be well under their valuation of the England international.

And whilst the rumours continue to surround the 28-year-old, Distin is hopeful that the Merseysiders will hold onto their star defender in the coming weeks before the transfer window closes.

"He's not come out and said he wants to go anywhere, so I guess that means Jags wants to stay,” Distin said. "It's still a club to be at. I don't think any players want to leave here to be honest. My guess is he's fine here.

"I haven't told him not to go - there's no point doing that. If he comes to me and asks, I'll tell him what I think, but it's not happened so we're happy he's staying.”

 

Distin said that while Jagielka has shown fine form since signing for the club in 2007, the former Sheffield United man will continue to get better for both his club and country in the coming years.

"He's an amazing player, you don't play for your country if not. He's still young and still improving.

"He had some injury problems but seems to be over them now and is doing great - he's quality. The fact top clubs are after him is a sign of his quality."

Everton face a tough season opener on Saturday, taking on Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

With only four days until kick off, it is becoming increasingly likely that the centre back will be available and in David Moyes’ selection plans.

 

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