Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has told SiriusXM FC that there is no truth to the rumours linking him with a move back to MLS.
The Daily Mail had claimed last month that the former Metrostars shot-stopper would be open to a return to the States in the near future, with the LA Galaxy, expansion side New York City FC and Toronto FC all reported to be interested in his signature.
In addition, with Blues manager Roberto Martinez declaring his intent to bring in some long-term competition for his number one, the Sporting News added last week that Sporting Kansas City are also preparing an ambitious summer swoop for the US international.
Howard insists, however, that he has heard nothing from across the pond and, having penned a new deal until 2018 last April, intends to see out his career at Goodison Park.
“There seems to be a lot being said about my return,” he said. “Two weeks ago some things popped up on Twitter and I had to call my agent to find out what was going on because I didn’t know anything about it and neither did he.
“I’ve still got several seasons left on my contract with Everton and at the end of that I want to be done playing.
“What happens between then? I’ve got no idea. It is a business but I’m happy where I am and don’t know anything about those rumours.”
Having been out for seven weeks with a calf strain, Howard made his comeback between the sticks in last week’s Premier League trip to Chelsea, where he delivered an outstanding performance in a spirited 1-0 defeat.
“I was a disaster with the injury; just ask our physios!” he continued. “I was itching to get back and felt like every week I could play, but they were pulling on the reins.
“But I appreciate them doing it. I’m now back fit, healthy and have had no ill effects.
“It was good to get back out there into the frying pan, and it doesn’t get any more difficult than Chelsea away.”
Set to turn 36 next month, and having struggled for form over the first half of the season, some had called for backup Joel Robles to be made permanent starter over Howard after the Spaniard impressed in deputising for his senior teammate.
Nevertheless, the ex-Manchester United man showed at Stamford Bridge that he is still a more than capable first-choice, and also seems to have the full faith of his boss moving forward.
"He's in the best moment of his career. When you're a goalkeeper of that age, you're starting to use your experience to influence the people around you,” Martinez told ESPN FC of Howard earlier this month.
"I think his level of goalkeeping has been terrific. His contract finishes after the next World Cup, and I don't think anything before that is going to tempt him to leave Everton. I don't think that's the case at all."