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Jagielka: I'd love Landon to stay
09 Mar 2010 - 13:30:07
Everton defender Phil Jagielka is keen for Landon Donovan to delay his return to the USA and extend his loan stay at Goodison Park.
The 28-year-old has impressed in his 12 appearances for David Moyes' side since arriving on Merseyside in January, but is set to return to parent club LA Galaxy.
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is expecting Donovan to return to Los Angeles shortly so that he can prepare for the new MLS season which is due to kick-off on March 27. However, the start could be delayed due to strike action as there is an ongoing dispute between league officials and the players' union.
Jagielka told the Liverpool Echo: "I'd love to see Landon stay for longer. He's had a smile on his face during his time here and has been fantastic from start to finish.
"If he can't stay this time then hopefully we'll see him back here in the future. I know he didn't enjoy it when he played in Germany but he's enjoyed it here and we've loved having him.
"Back in January we needed a fresh face and a fresh pair of legs and he gave us that. Within a few days he was one of the boys and made an instant contribution at Arsenal.
"Having spoken to Tim Howard about him before we always knew he was going to fit in well and Landon is a fantastic character. If next weekend is his last game we're certainly going to miss him."