Heitinga hints at Everton exit

The out-of-favour Dutchman has just one year remaining on his current contract at Goodison Park, and believes the Toffees may choose to cash in on him this summer
Everton’s Jonny Heitinga has revealed he could leave the club in the summer after a disappointing season at Goodison Park.

Heitinga’s current contract expires in 2014 and he believes the club could choose to sell him now rather than losing him on a free transfer next summer.

The Dutchman arrived from Atletico Madrid for a fee of £6.2 million in 2009, but has struggled to displace either Phil Jagielka or Sylvain Distin in the starting XI in recent times.

Heitinga revealed he was close to a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce last summer, and admits he would be open to leaving in this transfer window if the move suits all parties.

“If they want to earn something for me, this is the moment,” he told Voetbal International. “I have made no arrangement with the club about that. I will just wait and see what happens.”

Speaking about his proposed move to Fenerbahce - where former Everton defender Joseph Yobo currently plays, Heitinga said: “Everton asked too much and the deal collapsed.”