Everton skipper Phil Neville is calm over his new contract talks.
Neville is out of contract this summer.
Talks have not yet been planned about an extension ā even though Neville has started 20 matches already this season ā and thatās just the way he wants it.
āIām quite relaxed about the situation,ā said Neville. āI spoke to the manager before Christmas and he asked me what I wanted to do. And I said I wanted to speak probably more towards the end of the season.
āI think Iām a year older than Sylvain Distin (who has just signed a yearās extension).
āWhen I spoke to the boss Iād just come out from having my knee operation and I think itās sensible at my age to first, see how the body is, and then see how my situation is within the club and at the end of the day ask āDo I still retain the hunger and the determination, and more importantly am I still having a positive effect on the team?ā
āThese are the things over the next three or four months that Iāll be weighing up and weāll take it from there.
āThereās no real panic or mad rush to talk about or discuss a new contract. At the end of the day thereās bigger and more important things to concentrate on.
āI suppose itās more about me rather than about the club ā itās about how I feel.
āIāve been at Everton for the last eight years and Iāve been captain and Iāve been a large part of whatās been going on.
āBut I want to remain as influential and if felt I wasnāt as influential or I felt my form had dropped, or if I was standing in the way of someone who was coming through then I would have to look at it.
āThatās the reason why Iām in no rush."