Everton star Leighton Baines has said he will fight for his place in the club. The third highest appearance maker for the toffees will not give up without a fight.
“It is a new challenge for me in terms of the fact I have not played as much football as I have been used to,” he said.
“But I have also not lost sight of the fact I have been very lucky to play the amount of football I have during my career. I appreciate what I have had and will keep working for whatever I can get.
“I take my responsibilities seriously. And whether I am in the starting eleven or not, I am going to do the same things day in, day out, in case I am called upon.
“But working under the manager and in those new circumstances has been good. It is never completely smooth sailing and you never expect it to be in a job like this.”
“It was always in my mind to stay because of talks I’ve had with the manager and Marcel,” he added.
“I have had numerous conversations with Marcel and I spent more time with him and got to know more about him towards the back end of last season and during the off-season.
“And I became more and more impressed with him from having that one-on-one time and understanding his vision and the direction he’s trying to take the club.
“That gives you more optimism about where the club is headed.”