Everton stalwart Ashley Williams has said that he is in no rush to leave the club, as reported by The Daily Mail.
After finding himself surplus to requirements at the Toffees last summer, the veteran was loaned out to Championship club Stoke City for the duration of this season.
The 34-year-old Everton defender has been a first-team regular for the Potters this season and has so far played 27 times in the second-tier this season.
Williams’ contract with Everton is due to expire this summer. He almost certainly has no future with the club and will be released.
The Welsh international arrived at Goodison Park during the summer of 2016 following impressive displays for Swansea City. During his time with the Merseysiders, he went on to make 60 Premier League appearances, scoring two goals.
Despite having made 34 appearances for Everton last season in all competitions, he largely struggled to cope and this was ultimately led to Marco Silva deeming him surplus to requirements at the club when the former Watford boss was appointed as the club’s manager last summer.
For now Williams is not thinking about what will happen beyond this season and his Everton contract expires.
“There have been no conversations yet. I’ll sort to my own future at the end of the season. It is like any other summer where you have to make decisions,” he said.
“I’m in a position now where I’m out of contract and I’ve been on loan at Stoke; we’ll have to decide what I’m going to do.
“I think it would be a little bit disrespectful, in my opinion, to Stoke, to start looking into that before the loan that we agreed was up.
“I’ll finish the season then see where we are at.”
Williams has not yet retired from international football and is still the Wales captain. The Everton man appears to be reluctant to step away from international football anytime soon, as he revealed during an interview by BBC.
If Williams wants to continue featuring for his country, he must play regular football. He is still good enough to play in the Championship on a regular basis and should continue remaining with Stoke beyond this season.
Another option for the Everton star could be going to Scotland. He will be a good addition to many clubs in the Scottish Premiership, including Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side.