Marco Silva wouldn’t discuss Phil Jagielka’s future, insisting the Everton captain’s late cameo against Burnley was not for sentiment. The popular centre-back has been at the heart of Everton’s defence for more than a decade but his contract is up at the end of a season where he has been limited to just seven appearances.
The latest came in Everton’s final fixture of the campaign at Goodison Park, where he received a rapturous reception after coming on for Gylfi Sigurdsson in added-on time. Silva revealed he met Jagielka this week and is planning further talks with the 36-year-old in the coming days.
However, when asked to divulge the details of the discussion, Silva said: “What I said to him is to stay between me and him. “I didn’t talk just about the future, we talk about all season, about many things, at the end he is our captain, not just about what you want to do.
“But when I took that decision (to bring him on as a substitute) that was not because he will be here or not next season. I had one more to do.” There has been speculation that Jagielka could finish his career at former club Sheffield United, who should be able to afford his wages after securing promotion from the Championship.