Joel Robles comments on his relationship with Tim Howard ahead of American's exit

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Howard will move to MLS side Colorado Rapids in the summer after losing his spot as Everton number one to Robles.

Speaking to the club's official website, Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles has hailed the attitude and professionalism of Tim Howard after it was confirmed that the veteran American will be joining MLS side Colorado Rapids this summer.

Months of speculation finally appear to have been put to an end with the news that 37-year-old Howard will leave Goodison Park after a decade on Merseyside.

Robles, who spent two-and-a-half years as back-up to Howard before taking his place as number one in late January, hailed the support and education he has received from his teammate during their time together at the club.

The Spaniard told the club's official website: "For the keepers at any club, it is important to support each other. You are training together every day.

"For me, it is impossible to have any problems with Tim. He is a really good guy and so professional. He is a great example for everyone here at Everton, especially for me.

"It has been so important for me to have Tim around at this moment in my career. If I am playing he is very supportive. He tells me to keep my belief and to enjoy the moment. He is a really great guy."

Howard will return to his home country 13 years after leaving for Manchester United in 2003 as a 24-year-old, and is expected to sign a lucrative deal as a Designated Player for the Rapids.

Meanwhile, Robles will continue as the Toffees number on between the posts until at least the end of the current campaign after impressing once Roberto Martinez gave him the chance to establish himself.

The 25-year-old, who also played under Martinez at Wigan Athletic before the pair moved to Goodison, has kept seven clean sheets in his 16 appearances for the club in all competitions this season.

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