Everton latest: Jagielka says Toffees need to leave Goodison Park

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Everton are planning to leave Goodison Park after Liverpool City Council gave the club permission to start plans for a new stadium at Walton Hall Park having been at Goodison Park since 1892. It once again shows the progress being made by the Toffees, and defender Phil Jagielka says that the club need to move on to a newer home in order to keep growing.

"For us to move forward as a club, there is going to come a time when unfortunately we will have to leave Goodison," said Jagielka. "We've had some fantastic memories here. It's brilliant to play here but there will come a time when we will need to move. It's really early stages yet, and I'm not sure even of the timeframe, but I am sure that once we do have a new stadium, it will be fantastic for the club to kick on another level. I hope I'll be around to play in the new stadium."

Goodison Park will remain their home for some time yet though, and the partisan crowd will be in full voice for Thursday's Europa League game against Wolfsburg. Manager Roberto Martinez is looking forward to the prospect of facing the Bundesliga side as well as their other Group H rivals Lille and Kuban Krasnodar.

"Everton had their first taste of European football 52 years ago so this is nothing new. This is something we feel should be part of our day-to-day work. We're very excited, as you can imagine, we've been working hard for 12 months to achieve this opportunity. The Europa League is a great competition, it's where we need to be testing ourselves. The only way to fulfil our potential is playing games like the one we're going to face.

Wolfsburg travel to Merseyside having drawn twice and lost once in the first three Bundesliga games, and possess a number of star players that could harm the Toffees on Thursday. One of those is playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who joined the club from Chelsea in January. Whilst he didn't play a huge part for the Blues, the Belgian is trying to use his knowledge of English football by warning his players over Everton's quality.

"To play Everton at their own stadium is very difficult," De Bruyne said. "A lot of top teams lose in that stadium, maybe it's different as I also saw some English teams do a little bit worse. They play nice football and have a good coach in [Roberto] Martinez and I think they have a very good team. In the last five or six years they have always been in the top six so I think they are a very good side."

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