Heitinga ‘committed’ to Toffees

Everton defender John Heitinga insists he is 100% committed to the club and has rubbished claims he is unhappy at Goodison Park.

The Holland international, who is set to play in his country’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Hungary, has dismissed reports at the weekend he will consider his future with the Toffees in the summer.

"Of course, I want to play. I always want to play and especially here at Everton, where I am delighted with the way the supporters have taken to me," said the 27-year-old World Cup runner-up.

"I am like every footballer – I want to play regularly and I get frustrated when I am not able to play and help the team.

"The manager can only select 11 players to start each game and I am like every other professional footballer in that I want to be in the team.

"I have confidence in my own ability in the same way as the other players do at Everton.

"Every player thinks he should be playing and every player thinks he’s better than the competition. If you don’t then it shows a lack of self-belief."

Heitinga added on the club’s website: "All I can say is that I love playing at Everton and I love playing for the manager.

"I am not happy when I am not playing but I haven’t met many footballers who are happy when they’re not involved.

"The manager has told all the players here that we will get playing time and it’s up to us to make the most of it and to take the opportunity.

"I am nothing less than 100% committed to Everton Football Club and will continue to be the same every time I play."