Everton stalwart discusses his future, insists it is up to club and manager

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Tony Hibbert reveals he has not made a decision on his next move with his Toffees contract due to expire at the end of the season.

Long-serving Everton defender Tony Hibbert has told the club's official website that he is yet to make a decision on his future but insists it is in the hands of the club and Roberto Martinez.

The 35-year-old contract at Goodison Park is due to expire at the end of the season as he faces a 25-year association with the club coming to an end.

Hibbert joined the Toffees as a boy in 1991 and has spent his entire youth and professional career with the club, making 327 competitive senior appearances since his first-team debut in 2001 and being awarded a testimonial match four years ago.

The right-back's career has been blighted by injuries on occasion, so much so that the veteran has played just 11 Premier League matches in the last four seasons.

Although he was named on the bench for Saturday's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United, Hibbert has not made a competitive appearance since December 2014, and it looks highly unlikely that he will be offered a new contract this summer.

However, the player does not appear to have lost hope of extending his lengthy career even further, and he admitted that the ball is firmly in the club's court when it comes to his future.

Hibbert told the club website: "At the end of the day, it’s entirely up to the manager and club what they want to do. I haven’t made my mind up with what I’m doing.

"I’m concentrating on getting my fitness back and showing the manager I have still got life in the legs. I’ve had two reserve games, so I’m hopefully I’m thereabouts now. Now I feel good. Hopefully now I’ve got a benchmark and the minutes under my belt to push for a first team place.

"I like to be in and around the place so it’s entirely up to the manager how he wants to work it. Numbers-wise we were struggling for defenders [for the FA Cup semi-final]. The manager asked me to be on the bench and I will do anything for this club. I was happy to put myself forward."

Hibbert's injury problems and age have seen him replaced as the club's first-choice right-back by Seamus Coleman in the last four years.

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