SYLVAIN DISTIN has backed Everton’s defensive resilience to remain next season – regardless of whether the club can buy new players this summer.
The 34-year-old defender contributed to the Blues having the third meanest rearguard in the Premier League last term, with only Manchester City and Manchester United conceding fewer goals.
And Distin, who signed a new one-year contract extension earlier this month, is confident that useful trait will not be affected, even if David Moyes is unable to add further attacking flair via the transfer market.
He said: “I think there were only two teams that conceded fewer goals than us and they were the two teams fighting for the title. I think that was an amazing achievement.
“It’s too early to talk about it. It all depends on who is going to come, who is going to stay, who is going to go.
“We know we won’t spend millions and if we are more or less in the same situation as last season, then we’ll have to deal with what we’ve got. I think we’ve done pretty well. The stats are there for us.”
Distin was voted players’ player of the season at Goodison, but has equal admiration for his colleagues in the back four.
Speaking in June’s edition of the Evertonian magazine, Distin said it was a pleasure marshalling the same area of the pitch as Leighton Baines, who is currently on Euro 2012 duty with England.
“Bainsey – I see the guy every day – he’s unreal. It’s not just playing every single game; it’s the quality of the game he’s playing.
“For me he’s the best left-back in the country, definitely.”
With no international commitments, Distin has been enjoying his post-season relaxation so far, although he is determined to be fit and raring to go when the players report back for training next month.
“I’m going to enjoy my time, spending some time with my family,” he said. “Even though France is not too far from England, we never have time to really spend with family and friends.
“I’m going to relax and let my body recover from this season, and then I’ll start again with all the hard work, the running and everything.
“I’ll spend time with the family; enjoy some nice food and the nice weather.”
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