Everton left-back Leighton Baines says he is excited by the uncertainty surrounding his future as he prepares to make a comeback from the most significant injury setback of his profession.
Baines has acknowledged that there is no assure the club will provide him a new contract when his present deal runs out in June 2017.
The England international, who turns 31 on Dec. 11, has not played a competitive match considering that May right after obtaining two ankle operations.
But he scored in a four-3 friendly victory more than Championship side Preston played behind closed doors at Everton’s Finch Farm coaching ground on Wednesday.
Baines is looking for to make his senior comeback before the end of November, and hopes to convince Everton he is worthy of a contract extension.
The boyhood Toffees fan moved to Goodison Park from Wigan in 2007 in a deal worth £6 million.
He said he had never ever prior to been in such an insecure position as the 1 he finds himself now.
He told the Daily Telegraph: “This is a dead fascinating time for me. It’s new. I have by no means been via something like it ahead of.
“I’m older, I’m going to be 31. I locate it all quite exciting, even the question of not getting three years on a contract. It really is a dead exciting position.
“In the previous I have been younger, I have been match and healthful and playing properly. I am not in that situation any much more.
“I am older. I have had two surgeries. I have a single much more year left [on his contract]. It is quite thrilling, to be sincere.”
Despite his injury troubles, Baines feels he can recapture his very best type as he aims to regain an England place in time for the Euro 2016 finals.
He mentioned: “There is no purpose I cannot be as great as I was 5 years ago. If I am not, I can appear at myself in the mirror — it will not be for the want of trying.
“If you had observed me train more than the last handful of months, you can see I am keen to operate.”
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