Moyes wants Neville to play on

Everton boss David Moyes hopes Phil Neville will extend his stay

at the club as he prepares for his 500th Premier League game.

Blues skipper Neville will become just the seventh player to

reach the landmark of 500 Premier League appearances, following in

the footsteps of Ryan Giggs, Gary Speed, Sol Campbell, David James,

Frank Lampard and Emile Heskey when he faces Wigan on Boxing

Day.

Neville, who returned three weeks early from a knee injury to

play in last weekend’s win over West Ham, is out of contract in the

summer.

Moyes has spoken to Neville about his options and admits he will

let the former Manchester United man decide his own future.

“I’ve already spoken to Phil and he just wants to see how his

body is,” Moyes told The Sun.

“He’s just back from a knee operation and he’d be the first one

to say we should just see how his knee is.

“I don’t think he sees any great panic in it at this moment in

time.”

Moyes is a huge admirer of Neville and hailed the midfielder’s

achievement in reaching the milestone of 500 Premier League

games.

“It says a lot about what he’s done but it doesn’t surprise me

because his mentality and his attitude to the game has been great

since he came from Manchester United,” added Moyes. “He’s been a

great signing for us.”