Yobo committed to Toffees
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Everton defender Joseph Yobo has cooled speculation about his future.
Everton defender Joseph Yobo has cooled speculation about his future by declaring that he wants to help the club claim some silverware.
The 25-year-old has yet to sign a new contract at Goodison Park, with rumours persisting that he could be set for a summer departure.
Yobo has insisted that he is happy on Merseyside, although he admits Everton's season has not been as successful as everyone at the club would have hoped.
"I am disappointed that we are not going on to win something," he confessed. "Apart from that everything is great.
"The respect that I get here spurs me on and I realise that I have a responsibility to go on and push myself to help the team to achieve something."
Yobo also praised manager David Moyes, especially for his handling of him on his return from the African Cup of Nations.
The Nigerian could not dislodge David Weir and Alan Stubbs when he came back from international duty, but Moyes helped him to stay positive.
"The manager knows where I was coming from. And with or without injuries, he spoke to me and asked me to keep fit and wait for my time and that he was going to give me my chance soon," he explained.
"I was patient waiting for my chance and he gave it to me when it came."
Stubbs and Weir are both out of contract at the end of the season, but Moyes is expected to make decisions about their futures very soon.
"Everton's central defensive partnership is one of the most solid positions that we've got," said Yobo.
"There's always very stiff competition among us and everyone is always at his best.
"When you are out of the team and the team starts winning, it takes you a while to get back in."