Roberto Martinez refused to be drawn on Tim Howard’s future at Everton, when asked whether the American international had asked to leave Goodison Park at the end of the season at his press conference this morning, which was broadcast by Everton’s official Youtube channel.
Reports have surfaced in the Daily Mail suggesting that Howard wants to make a move to MLS in the summer transfer window.
The 36-year-old is reportedly keen to return to his homeland, but Martinez said that he was not prepared to comment on the former Manchester United’s stopper’s future at this time.
“At the moment there’s nothing to comment,” he said, when asked whether this would be Howard’s last season at Goodison Park.
“Tim is one of those foreign footballers who have brought so much to the Premier League. To have 10 seasons like Tim is having now is an incredible contribution and all our focus is making sure Tim gets back to his best level.
“Whatever happens in the future, I don’t think it’s right to talk about it now.”
Howard has experienced a lot of criticism so far this season, due to his error-prone performances.
The veteran custodian has not looked confident between the sticks and Joel Robles may now have overtaken him as the number one choice at Goodison Park.
Robles has generally only been used in cup competitions so far; however he has impressed whenever he has ever been handed an opportunity to start for the Toffees.
Everton have also been linked with a summer move for Chelsea stopper Asmir Begovic in The Sun, as Martinez reportedly looks to increase his goalkeeping options.