Jack's the lad for Everton: Moyes rejects claims Rodwell is set for move

22 February 2010 01:53
Everton manager David Moyes believes Everton are a big enough club to keep hold of 18-year-old midfielder Jack Rodwell.

Rodwell has attracted strong attention from Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City and there are fears Everton could lose another starlet the way they did Wayne Rooney to United in 2004.

But Moyes said: 'We weren't ready when Wayne came on the scene. We're ready for Jack Rodwell and our team is good enough to carry a Jack Rodwell and keep bigger suitors away.

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'There's been quite a lot of attention towards Jack Rodwell for a while. But strangely enough, it was Wayne that worried me a lot more.

'It doesn't worry me quite so much with Jack because we've been through it before.

'If Wayne was at Everton now I think it would be completely different. We're competing within Europe, we're trying to beat the top teams, we're at that end of the league.

'It was a completely different Everton then to what it is now.'

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Source: Daily_Mail