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Neville eager to continue

Everton captain Phil Neville hopes to play on at Goodison Park for at least another two years -- having considered retirement in the early stages of last season.

Neville (34) had thoughts of quitting football after a foot injury he picked up in the opening game of the campaign kept him out of the side for five matches.

Toffees boss David Moyes advised him against it, though, and having played a typically influential role as the team went on to finish seventh in the Premier League, Neville is now eager to keep going for as long as possible.

"It's been one of my most enjoyable seasons," Neville said. "But when you come back from injury you question yourself.

"I was questioning myself whether I was good enough to be a footballer again. I was contemplating retirement at the time but the manager told me to snap out of it and so did my family and I've had a great season.

"I've personally enjoyed it more than any other one, I feel as fit as I ever have and from the start of the season where I though it might be my last, I'm now thinking I want to continue for as long as possible and at least the next two seasons -- hopefully at Everton."

Meanwhile, Real Madrid have lodged an appeal with UEFA against the five-match touchline ban imposed on manager Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese's punishment relates to the ill-tempered Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona at the Bernabeu, when he was sent to the stands and launched into a tirade against Barca in the post-match press conference.

Mourinho has already indicated his intention to take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if necessary.

Irish Independent