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Tim Howard rules out MLS return

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Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has said that he won’t go back to the MLS, and instead is happy to finish his career at Everton, according to MLSsoccer.com

Currently aged 35, Howard has just signed a new contract that will see him stay at Goodison Park until 2018, when he will be 39.

Quoted on MLSsoccer.com after signing the contract, the American said: “Up until last week it [a move to the MLS] was a possibility, but that ship has sailed for me now.

"I think MLS had its chance, if I'm being honest, but now I'll finish my career with Everton and be a happy man."

Howard’s words clearly firmly closed the door on fans’ hopes that he might come back for a swansong season.

His first chance in the MLS came back in 1998, when he signed for the New York Red Bulls, making 88 appearances before being signed by Manchester United in 2003.

The American’s move across the Atlantic was successful at first, as the young goalkeeper impressed in his debut season for the Red Devils.

However, a series of poor performances saw him leave Manchester United to sign for Everton. It was there that he cemented his status as one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers, and he has proven himself again this season in Roberto Martinez’s side.

The USA’s number one also insisted that he would not be playing once he hit 40, he added: "I'll be on a beach somewhere when I'm 40.

"I would pretty much take that to the bank that I won't be playing past 40. There are other things I want to achieve in life, other things that I want to do."

Indeed, Howard is a strong Christian and no doubt wants to devote more time to his faith when his playing career ends with Everton.

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