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Unsworth: Everyone at Sheffield Utd knew Jagielka wanted Everton return

Former Everton and Sheffield United defender David Unsworth has revealed Phil Jagielka was always keen to return to Goodison Park.

Jagielka was rejected by Everton as a teenager before establishing himself at the Blades and Unsworth, in his column for evertonfc.com, wrote: "We all knew at Sheffield United that he was a special talent. I was trying to get into him about coming to Everton before it happened and I like to think that I planted a few seeds in his head!

"In truth though, he always wanted to come back to Everton. He was here as a youngster and his biggest disappointment in his early career was getting released from here. His dream was always to come back to Everton and I am delighted he did that. He certainly hasn't disappointed.

"He and Joleon Lescott compliment each other very well; they both have good pace, they are good in the air and they both love a tackle. In fact, I think Jags would rather win a 50-50 tackle than score a goal!

"It's their first full season together really, and they are both still young, so it bodes well for the future."

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