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Everton's Shane Duffy believes he is lucky to be playing

Shane Duffy is refusing to dwell on the football injury which almost cost him his life.

That could have been it for me. I can remember it like yesterday, although it's only when I'm asked about it. I don't think about it any more.

It's great to be here and able to look back and talk about it, but I can't be thinking about it either.

The kind of player I am, I have to go and attack stuff. I've clattered into a few keepers this year and it's been no problem.

– Shane Duffy, speaking to the Irish Independent

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Deulofeu thanks Everton for a special year

Spanish forward Gerard Deulofeu has described himself as "fulfilled" after his season-long loan stint with Everton.

I would like to thank Everton and all their fans for this year so special in my career. A new country, a new club, a new way of seeing, live and understand football.

I have grown as a football player, but also as a person and that is why I would like to thank every person that has helped and accompanied me on this journey. The club and the manager (Roberto Martinez) for the great opportunity, my teammates for welcoming me and to the fans for the fantastic support.

– Spanish forward Gerard Deulofeu

Deulofeu, recruited by the Toffees last July from Barcelona, went on to make a very positive impression for the Merseysiders, despite spending a considerable chunk of the 2013/14 campaign sidelined by injury.

And the wording firmly suggested that, as far as he is concerned, Deulofeu's time as an Everton player is now at an end.

I am proud and fulfilled with my year at Everton, having both helped the club and hoping that the fans enjoyed my football.

I wish Everton lots of luck and success in the future. You will always be in my heart.

– Spanish forward Gerard Deulofeu

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Vellios departs Everton

Apostolos Vellios spent time at Blackpool this season. Credit: PA

Everton striker Apostolos Vellios has left the club after his contract expired.

The 22-year-old, who moved to Goodison Park from Greek side Iraklis Thessaloniki for a fee in the region of £250,000, did not make a single first-team appearance this season.

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