Everton captain Phil Neville has revealed he has no plans of retiring in the near future, and could sign up for a lower league outfit in order to continue playing.

The 36-year-old, who is the brother of Manchester United great Gary Neville, will see his contract at Goodison Park expire at the end of the season.

David Moyes rates the midfielder highly and had claimed earlier that he plans on offering him an extension. However, no such development has been made as yet, casting doubts over the Englishman’s Premier League future.

And should the Toffees refuse to hand him a new deal, Neville has admitted that he is willing to drop down to a lower league team.

Although the level of facilities and the limelight of the Premier League will not be there, Neville claimed he would feel no shame on being a part of such a club, and said that he might even take up a management role in the future.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "For me, I want to continue playing as long as possible, so I'm not embarrassed to go down the leagues.

"I think you can still have as much fun playing in the lower leagues as you can in the Premier League.

"I think it'd be good for your experience to coach and manage down there, to go through the types of things that Edgar Davids is going through at the moment (at Barnet) because he's been used to the best things in life and now he's got to really coach.

"He won't have 20 balls, he'll probably have five or six, he won't have many cones, they'll be training on a park pitch where there's maybe dogs running across the training pitch and this is where he'll have to learn his trade again."

Neville, a former England international, is currently part of Stuart Pearce's England Under-21 coaching set-up and is a qualified UEFA coach.

 

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