Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg expects to leave Goodison Park next month, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The Dutch stopper joined the Toffees from Fulham in the summer of 2016, reuniting with compatriot Ronald Koeman after they worked together at Ajax and Southampton.
Stekelenburg’s first season at Everton saw him share the gloves with Joel Robles, the two making 21 appearances apiece in all competitions.
However, Jordan Pickford’s arrival at Goodison Park the following summer saw Stekelenburg become second choice in between the Everton sticks.
To date, the 6ft 5in stopper has made 26 appearances for the Toffees in all competitions.
Stekelenburg’s contract – renewed in 2018 – expires at the end of the current season but, according to the Liverpool Echo, he doesn’t expect it to be extended beyond 30 June.
The outlet claims that Jonas Lossl would take Stekelenburg’s place in the Everton squad should the campaign stretch into July and beyond, and provide back-up to Pickford along with Joao Virginia.
One of the main occupational hazards of being a goalkeeper is the prospect of getting little to no game time across a whole season and, with a player of Pickford’s calibre as number one, it was always going to be a tall order for Stekelenburg.
With Lossl set to return from his Huddersfield loan and Virginia waiting in the wings, Everton have adequate cover for Pickford without Stekelenburg, while the freed-up wages give Carlo Ancelotti the option to bring in a new stopper in the summer if he wishes.