Everton boss Marco Silva has insisted that Phil Jagielka still has a part to play for the club this season.

The Toffees enjoyed a hectic ending to the transfer window and were able to recruit two new central defenders as they brought their summer dealings to a satisfying close.

Yerry Mina joined from Barcelona in a deal believed to be worth around £28 million, whilst Everton also completed the signing of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal.

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The duo are, on paper, likely to be the men who Silva call upon to solidify Everton’s defensive unit for the season ahead, with Jagielka’s position in the starting line-up clearly under threat.

However, new Toffees boss Silva has rubbished claims that Jagielka is now surplus to requirements at Goodison Park, insisting that the veteran defender will still be a key figure on Merseyside as the club enter a new era.

As quoted by Goal, Silva discussed his new-look defensive options:

It means nothing for Jags. We sold Mori, Williams and bought Mina and Zouma. Everything is the same. Even last season the club brought in Mangala.

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