US Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard has reiterated that he plans to end his career with Everton despite rumours suggesting that he could be set for a return to Major League Soccer before retiring.
Howard signed a contract extension with the Premier League club last April that will see him remain in England until the summer of 2018, at which point the shot-stopper will be 39.
And the former Metrostars star has no plans of leaving the Toffees before the end of that deal, confirming to CNN that he wants to end his career with Everton.
“It’s the club that I love. It’s been a brilliant relationship with myself and the chairman and both managers – and with the fans,” Howard said.
“It’s a place where I can achieve the things I want to achieve and push myself every day and I am still hungry for the game.
“All of the questions I have been looking for in my career have been answered here. So I think I would like to finish here and then be done.
“I’m living the good life here at Everton and I don’t think I really need to change the scenery.”
The summer that Howard’s Everton contract expires sees the 2018 World Cup take place in Russia and the USMNT hero from last summer’s tournament has his eyes set on the competition as a career finale.
“I don’t know how it’s going to end but my plan is to certainly be part of a US team that qualifies for Russia and to be in Russia and be part of that team,” the 35-year-old ‘keeper added.
“How it works with selection and my standing within the team, it’s hard to say this far out. But my passion, my drive is to be there, then fly home and finish and go to the beach.”
Howard is currently taking a year away from international duty in order to spend more time with his two children though he is fully focused on returning to Jurgen Klinsmann’s side when his sabbatical ends, adding that he missed be a part of the USMNT setup.
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