SYLVAIN DISTIN says his new Everton FC deal was motivated by a desire to enjoy the remaining years of his career.
The 35-year-old put pen to paper on a 12 month extension to his contract which will now keep him at Goodison Park until the end of the 2013/14 campaign.
Distin has been an integral part of Everton’s progress this season and appeared in all but three of the Blues Premier League games this season.
However with his contract up in the summer, Queens Park Rangers were said to be one of a handful of clubs hoping to prise him away from Merseyside.
But Everton manager David Moyes was determined to keep hold of the French centre-half and tied the former Manchester City to the club for another year.
Despite the speculation, Distin had little intention of leaving but admits knowing that he would be given opportunities to play regularly was the one reassurance he needed.
“I didn’t have any reason to leave the club and I’m happy that we have figured it out and that I’m staying for another season,” said Distin.
“At my age you have to look around and see what are the possibilities because I enjoy my football and want to carry on playing.
“But I never had any intention to leave. It would’ve had to have been something very tempting for me to move from here.
“But I didn’t want to leave so I am happy. “It is definitely not only about money. At my age it is not the most important thing.
“I want to enjoy my life and my family are happy as well.
“There is a great atmosphere in the dressing room. We work hard but have good fun as well.
“That’s what I need. I want to enjoy my last few years of football.”
Distin has spent over a decade playing at the highest level and yet is playing some of the best football of his career.
“I feel good and all I can do is keep working hard,” he said.
“Keep as fit as possible and stay injury free and enjoy my time game after game.
“I am happy with the way I have been playing but it has been a strange feeling because I don’t think we have kept enough clean sheets.”