Heitinga happy to stay with Everton

Johnny Heitinga is prepared to stay with Everton.

Johnny Heitinga is prepared to stay with Everton.

Heitinga has struggled to break into David Moyes’ first team so far this season , and has been constantly linked with a move away from Goodison during the January transfer window, but with Moyes reluctant to lose anyone from his threadbare squad and the 29-year-old settled in the north west, he is determined to prove himself.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “I’m working hard to get my place back in the team and I’m a fighter so I’ll never give up.

“If the manager makes another decision and doesn’t put me in the team that’s his decision, and the only thing I can do is focus on the time I do get. Hopefully I can show everybody that I’m still the same person that I was last season.

"The most important thing as a player is that you believe in yourself and give everything you have, then the rest follows. The team is performing really well this season, but as a player you need a couple of games to get back at your level. I’ve spoken to the manager – he’s happy with me and I’m happy with Everton."

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