Phil Jagielka is giving nothing away in terms of his future at Goodison Park.
He’s making all of the right noises when it comes to staying but it’s clear that the loss of David Moyes is something, which is playing in the mind of the experienced England centre back.
It seems to all depend on who Everton appoint as their next boss because Jagielka seems reluctant to state categorically whether he’s staying or going until that decision has been announced.
“We will have to wait and see what happens with the new manager, but hopefully he will keep me in that role - I’m not really thinking about (Everton) until we report back in July and hopefully by then we will have a manager sorted,” said Jagielka.
The defender says he sees his future at the club but there is a very particular set of circumstances, which could see him make good on the rumours and head off to Old Trafford to link up with Moyes.
Jagielka seems intent on becoming the full time captain of the club, with no guarantee that will happen when the new boss comes in.
He seems to thrive on that level of responsibility and leadership in the back four, which is something that has made him so popular with Everton fans but also a target for other big clubs.
If the new boss comes in and takes that away from him, he may consider linking up with Moyes and the chance to play a prominent leadership role for Manchester United is something that will tempt him hugely.
The new boss is also going to come in and start making changes left, right and centre which could impact the central defender.
One of the reasons he had such a good relationship with David Moyes is because the Scot knew exactly how to use him in an experienced back for, but also in a young back four when he had to play more of a responsible role.
It does seem unlikely that he’s going to jump ship because he’s got such a huge contract at the club but he signed that extension when Moyes was in charge.
He’s given his strongest hint yet that he’s not looking to leave but all the while the door is still slightly open on a move, United and Moyes will be circling like sharks, ready to pounce at the smallest sign of weakness.
Jagielka’s calibre and profile could increase even further with his summer appearances for England, which will happen shortly.
That’s just going to intensify the attention and speculation surrounding him, making it even more difficult for Everton to resist if United, or any other club, dangles a carrot worth plenty of cash in front of Everton.
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