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Everton defender Jagielka: I discussed Arsenal offer with Moyes

Everton defender Phil Jagielka has shrugged off summer interest from Arsenal.

Everton boss David Moyes was open about Arsenal's approach, explaining the England international is still a crucial figure to his plans at Goodison, and the 28-year-old insists that at no point did he feel unsettled.

A £4million buy from Sheffield United in 2007, Jagielka is eager to repay the club for the faith they showed after he was ruled out of the 2009 FA Cup Final through a cruciate ligament injury.

"It's different for me," Jagielka told Sunday Times. "I think it's just your type of personality. The gaffer here has been clever enough not to just buy players who suit us in footballing style, but he's bought the right characters.

"I'd like to think I'm grounded. I love playing football and I love being at Everton, and I'm not going to try to bully my way into getting a transfer.

"I've always felt loyalty. I found it really hard to leave Sheff. Here, I've been given a chance by a great club and hopefully playing here will lead to many more England appearances.

"Me and the gaffer spoke (about Arsenal) and he let me know where the land lay. I was more than happy with his explanation and I'd like to think the way I've played so far this season shows it's blatantly obvious that I'm happy to still be here.

"When I got my injury, Everton kept a promise to give me a new contract and you don't forget things like that. It's been a fantastic three years and the players and myself are excited about the possibility we can do something this year."

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