Heitinga ruling nothing out

Everton defender admits frustration at lack of European football

Last Updated: 09/06/11 9:46am

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Everton defender John Heitinga admits he misses European football and is ruling nothing out this summer.

The 27-year-old Holland international switched to Goodison Park in £6.2 million transfer from Atletico Madrid in 2009 and played 26 times for the Toffees last term.

While Heitinga still has three years left on his contract, he admits to a frustration in not playing European football.

He told The Sun: "I can honestly say I feel annoyed at having the day off when I'm on the couch watching Champions League football on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

"I can honestly say I feel annoyed at having the day off when I'm on the couch watching Champions League football on Tuesdays or Wednesdays."
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"It's the same on Thursdays with the Europa League. European football is a big miss for me.

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"Everton is a genuine big people's club. The atmosphere at Goodison is unrivalled, and I'm playing in a fantastic league.

"But I am ruling nothing out this summer. I have three years left on my contract and could see it through - but a new possibility could come up.

"In that case I will think about leaving."

While Heitinga says former club Ajax is in his blood, he is not planning an immediate return to the newly-crowned Dutch champions.

He said: "Ajax are not on my agenda for now. They are my club for life and I will rejoin them some day but not now."

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