Louis Saha shocked by Everton's lack of respect for Sylvain Distin

Ex-Everton striker Louis Saha says the club will miss Sylvain Distin, who departed this week following a substitute appearance against Tottenham Hotspur.

Former Everton striker Louis Saha cannot understand why Sylvain Distin has been left out of Roberto Martinez’s squad in recent months and believes the Toffees will miss him.

The defender departed Goodison Park this week before thanking the Everton faithful for the ovation he received during a 10-minute cameo against Tottenham Hotspur.

Distin had been left out of the squad for the majority of the second half of the season.

“The lack of respect that this immense player has received in his last 6 months is a shocker. Legend. Everton have lost a true pro," Saha initially shared on Twitter.

Then, in a follow-up interview with the ECHO, the former France international elaborated.

He said: “You make something dangerous in asking me why he didn’t play the last six months. That’s why I tweeted. I just don’t understand.

“Maybe you can say there are young players coming through to Everton but to not be in the squad?

“For me he has been an incredible footballer. You can’t even imagine how professional the guy is.

“I have never seen anyone train two hours after everybody, then go home and go in the gym by himself. After everybody has left!

“He’s really tried to help the youngsters and be around them.

“He’s been great for not only Everton but many, many clubs. Everton will miss him, because he’s a terrific player to have on the field.

“Even now he’s 37 and I don’t think many defenders are as good as him.

“I don’t think many defenders can bench 150 kilos!”

When asked about Distin presenting Alis Stars, a company set up by Saha, he praised the 37-year-old role model that would have been a good mentor to young and upcoming players at Goodison Park.

He explained: “Yes, he is (a role model) because he has played so many games in a very strong championship and remained at the top.

“I don’t remember many strikers playing it around him!

“He’s not scared to give advice and say the truth when people need to hear it. That’s what I want. I think he did very well with his finances and he’s a very clever guy."

The future is now uncertain for Sylvain Distin after spending 13 years in the Premier League at clubs such as Newcastle United, Manchester City and Portsmouth.

In 2008, Distin won his only honour in English football as helped Portsmouth to lift the FA Cup.

Pompey, as they like to call themselves, faced Cardiff in the final with a solitary effort from Nwankwo Kanu enough to secure a memorable triumph.

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