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Premier League

Neville: Blues don't need new players

Phil Neville believes Everton's recent form shows they do not need to add to their squad this summer. After the Toffees were hampered by a lengthy injury list at the start of the season, their fortunes have improved as the campaign has gone on and they have lost just twice in the Premier League since the end of November.

That sequence – which has seen them mount a late challenge for Europe – has included victories over the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City, and Neville feels Everton's current squad is good enough to compete with anyone.

"The reality is that we can beat any team in this league with this set of players," Neville said. "Somebody asked me the other day, 'Who would you like to sign in the summer?'

"I told them that I'm not bothered bringing people in – I don't think we need to sign anyone."

Club captain Neville hopes the Toffees can take a clean bill of health into the 2010-11 campaign to avoid the kind of false start they endured this time out. At times the club had 11 first-teamers out, but Neville is hoping the vast majority of the squad will be fit and raring to go when pre-season training commences in July.

Dan Gosling will be sidelined after his serious knee injury, while Marouane Fellaini is also on the long way back from ankle problems."Having everybody fit going into the start of next season would be better," Neville continued. "If that's the case, then we can beat anyone on our day, we've proven that from Christmas onwards – that's what gives you hope and confidence, that's what will keep our supporters happy."

The Everton youngster Seamus Coleman has expressed his desire to extend his loan deal at Blackpool until the end of the season. Coleman scored his first senior goal at the weekend in the Seasiders' victory over Scunthorpe and the Irish defender is hoping to help his loan club win promotion to the top flight.

"We'll obviously see what Everton have to say but whatever both teams want I'd be happy with," he said. "I'd love to stay and help us get promoted but if I have to go back that's the way it is."