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Landon Donovan Says Thanks But No Thanks to Everton, Elects To Rest

CARSON, CA - JULY 22:  Landon Donovan #10 of the Los Angeles Galaxy looks on prior to a corner kick in the second half of their MLS match against the San Jose Earthquakes at The Home Depot Center on July 22, 2010 in Carson, California. Donovan scored on the rebound to tie the game 2-2. The Earthquakes and the Galaxy played to a 2-2 draw.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Ron FurlongAnalyst IINovember 9, 2016

Landon Donovan has decided to forego another loan opportunity with Everton FC of the English Premier League.

The 28-year-old midfielder with the Los Angeles Galaxy enjoyed a successful loan spell last season with Everton and was considering returning again this January.

David Moyes, manager at Everton, had extended the offer to the American international, and Landon had told him he needed some time to decide.

In a statement released Tuesday, Donovan said, "While I enjoyed my time at Everton last season and still appreciate all the support their fans have given me, I feel that it is important to continue to rest and recover this offseason as opposed to going for a loan.

"I never considered being loaned to a club other than Everton, but I have been playing nearly nonstop for the past two years and I believe that this decision will allow me to perform at my best for the Galaxy and the national team throughout the upcoming year."

After last season with Los Angeles, Donovan played with Everton for two and half months, then joined the U.S. National team for the World Cup in South Africa. Following that he returned to the Galaxy for a new season.

Everton has struggled a bit this season, and were hoping Donovan could help them in the short term, especially with midfielder Tim Cahill scheduled to be gone all of January to join the Australian National team in the Asian Cup.

Everton does have a few other options for getting some midfield help, and Moyes can now concentrate on those. One of the possibilities is getting Steven Ireland from rival Aston Villa.

Donovan will likely not play again for the U.S. National team until late March, in an expected friendly versus Argentina.

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