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Bilyaletdinov vicitm of Everton skipper Neville's pranks

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov admits he's been a victim of dressing room banter at Everton.

The £10million summer signing from Lokomotiv Moscow has already been the unfortunate victim of captain Phil Neville's jokes and has now been told to prepare a song for the Blues' Christmas party.

"Before each season and at Christmas, when everyone comes together for dinner, each player has to sing something," Bilyaletdinov told Russian newspaper Sport Express. "So I'm getting ready for December.

"Perhaps it needs to be something in Russian, so that they don't understand what I'm on about and no one else can join in.

"We love to joke. Before one team meal, Phil Neville called me up 10 minutes before and said everyone had to dress smartly. I took it seriously and turned up all smart, in a jacket and tie, and all the guys were sitting there in jeans, T-shirts and trainers."

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