Everton manager Marco Silva has said that the future of club captain Phil Jagielka will depend on whether the club manages to extend the loan deal of centre-back Kurt Zouma beyond this season.
The 36-year-old’s current contract with the Toffees is due to conclude at the end of this season and he has yet to pen a new deal with the club.
The former English international has struggled to earn regular game time with Everton this season and he has made just seven Premier League appearances, scoring one goal.
Zouma on the other hand was a first-team regular for the Merseysiders and went on to play 35 times in the Premier League.
It would make perfect sense for Everton to retain the Frenchman as one of their first-choice centre-backs for next season if they manage to secure his services for another season.
It would also make perfect sense for the Toffees to part ways with Jagielka at this point due to his advanced age.
The Everton veteran, who has been with the club for more than a decade, should be allowed to continue his career elsewhere if he wishes to carry on playing.
Extending the deal of Zouma could however prove to be a difficult task. The player’s parent club Chelsea may just opt to re-integrate him into their first team ahead of next season amidst their transfer ban.
If such a situation were to occur, Everton may just be forced to keep the veteran in their squad for continuity purposes.
“It could have an impact,” Silva told The Liverpool Echo.
“We are talking with Jags and, like always, being really clear and honest with him – not just because it’s Jags – but it is a special situation, we have to be honest.
“We are speaking with him and we will keep speaking with him over the next few days.”