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Everton defender set for Fenerbahce move?

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Heitinga has played a peripheral role this season (©GettyImages)
Heitinga has played a peripheral role this season (©GettyImages).

Johnny Heitinga is heading for the Goodison Park exit door sooner rather than later, asking Turkish giants Fenerbahce to rescue him from Merseyside, according to the Daily Mail.

The one-time Everton player of the year has had a nightmare season with the Toffees, putting in some appalling performances, making a paltry 17 league starts - and with Phil Jagialka and Sylvan Distan the preferred combination at centre-back, Heitinga has been relegated to the bench.

"I don’t want to extend my contract because it would mean they’d be my final club outside Holland," Heitinga said. "I have played in Spain and England, so maybe it’s time for somewhere else.

"If Fenerbahce come in again, they’re an option. I was close to joining them last summer.

"Everton seemed ready to let me go — but then the chairman told me ‘you’re staying'.

"I had been voted player of the season but David Moyes left me on the bench. I did well in training but didn’t play enough."

If Heitinga does decide to leave, Moyes' successor will have options for cover in the centre--back role with young Irishman Shane Duffy chomping at the bit for first-team action after Moyes prevented him from going out on loan last season.

The 2010 World Cup finalist seems to have already made up his mind as far as his future is concerned as he is refusing to sign a new contract. His poor form and lack of commitment shows that a change of scenery may be best for his career.

 

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