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Last Updated: Monday, 12 April, 2004, 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK
Moyes confirms Jeffers exit
Francis Jeffers
Everton manager David Moyes has confirmed that striker Francis Jeffers will not play for the club again.

On-loan Jeffers will return to Arsenal on 1 July after a row with Moyes when he was left out against Spurs.

Moyes said: "We had a disagreement which led from a misunderstanding and at he is no longer at the club."

An Everton statement said Jeffers had held talks with Moyes, during which he said "that he no longer wished to play for the manager."

Jeffers will be in limbo until the end of the season after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted it was a private matter with Everton and did not want him back at Highbury until 1 July.

Everton's statement added: "In an attempt to resolve the situation David Moyes met with Francis for a second time on Saturday morning, giving him the opportunity to retract his statement - something he chose not to do.

"Under the circumstances Everton felt it was wholly appropriate to contact Arsenal to make them aware of the situation.

"Francis Jeffers' loan spell from Arsenal will end on 1 June when he will return to Highbury. Everton will be making no further comment on this matter."

Jeffers came on as a substitute against Spurs when he thought - with Wayne Rooney, Duncan Ferguson and Kevin Campbell out - he would be starting.

Everton will continue to pay Jeffers until the loan expires and offer him training facilities, with him likely to train with the Goodison Park youth team.

The loan move has not worked out as both parties had hoped, with the striker starting just six games this season and making 13 substitute appearances.






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