Toffees skipper extends stay

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After a week in which the ambition of Everton has been questioned by some disgruntled supporters, some positive news has emerged from Goodison Park after it was confirmed Phil Neville has signed a contract extension.

The Toffees skipper's current deal was set to expire at the end of the season, but he will now remain on Merseyside until 2013 at least.

Neville joined Everton in 2005 after ten years as a professional with Manchester United, and has amassed 228 appearances for the Blues - scoring four times.

The 34-year-old has become an integral member of David Moyes' side and will continue to play a significant role in the next two seasons, as Everton bid to qualify for European competition once more.

"I feel really proud and this club has never let me down," he said. "It's shown faith in me again and for the next two years I'm going to give my all for this football club," Neville told the club's official website.

"That's what I've done for the last six years and that's what I'll continue to do."

"I want to play beyond [the age of 36]. But for the next two years I'm going to give my all.

"I love playing for Everton. I love the spirit in the club, I love the togetherness, and that's going to continue."

Meanwhile, Neville has called on fans to get behind the club after a disappointing loss to newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

"We have got great foundations, great supporters and a set of players that have done really well these last three or four years," he explained.


"Supporters will say it is easy for me to talk about the spirit of the club but the spirit is what has set this club apart, going back to the days when Howard Kendall was manager and, before that, when Brian Labone was playing.

"Now we need that spirit more than ever. We have got a lot of good things going on and we can't let these things outside destabilise us.

"We have not spoken about getting off to a great start to the season. We did that last year and it never happened. We failed [on Saturday]. As a group, we didn't play well enough and we are all disappointed."

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