Everton defender Phil Jagielka has announced he is leaving the club after 12 years.
The veteran has put an end to speculation about his future with a heartfelt message to fans on Instagram.
He said: “It’s been hard to confirm my situation for next season as that decision hadn’t been fully made by the club until now, unfortunately my journey at Everton has come to an end after 12 fantastic seasons, I have been lucky enough to play over 380 games and lucky enough to be club captain for 6 years.
“All I can say is thanks to all the players I’ve played alongside, all the staff that have helped me in their own way, the Chairman and of course the amazing fans.
“Wishing everyone associated with this special clubs the very best for the future!! COYB.”
As well as thousands of fans, many former Everton stars including Steven Pienaar, Ramiro Funes Mori, Joel Robles, Davy Klaassen, Wayne Rooney, Jose Baxter and Phil Neville all paid tribute to him.
It is currently unclear what Jagielka plans to do next, but whatever he ends up doing he is likely to be a popular figure.