Phil Neville’s decision to leave Everton at the end of the season will have alerted many clubs who could no doubt benefit from both his experience and flexibility.
Neville has had a fantastic career so far. As well as making over 300 appearances for Everton since signing back in 2005, Neville had a very successful stint at Manchester United capturing ten trophies, including six Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the Champions League.
Added to this, Neville has appeared 59 times for England and has played with and against some of the best players in the world.
Neville has never been blessed with pace so he is not reliant on this to continue his career. Instead, Neville has a strong appreciation of a game which he reads very well. He is a tenacious individual with a strong appetite to win football matches. These characteristics make him invaluable to potential clubs.
Any club outside the top four can be strengthened by his presence in their squad. His experience and versatility can help most clubs, particularly clubs trying to remain in the Premier League and those trying to progress in what is a very tough league.
Neville is very keen to continue his playing career but he also has one eye on life after he hangs up his boots. Perhaps he will follow his brother, Gary Neville, into football punditry, but he has already committed his summer to assisting the England coaching staff at this summer's 2013 Under-21 European Championships. Neville has also expressed an interest in going into management.
Whatever Neville decides to do there is no doubt that his immediate future lies in football and football at the highest level. He will be very valuable to somebody, but who will Neville sign for in the summer?
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