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Baines plans for life after playing

Everton defender Leighton Baines has said he will walk away from football when the time comes for him to retire.

The 29-year-old England left-back, who signed a four-year contract extension in January to end any speculation over his future, will not be hanging up his boots any time soon but admitted when the time does come, he would "like to do something else".

Ahead of Saturday's Merseyside derby at Anfield, Baines told the Daily Mail: "As much as I love it - the reason I don't watch or read about it now is because I am giving everything I can to it - any bits of time that are my own, I come away from it.

"So when I finish, I think I will get that passion back as I won't be involved in it.

"I reckon I would go back as a fan but I'd like to do something else. I just want to try a different world, with different people, different experiences.

"It's not that I'm not grateful for what I do now, I just want to try to do something different.

"I have always been thinking about the next move because it wouldn't be a good move for me not to have a job or not have to get up to do something.

"The scary bit comes when the football stops, the kids are grown up and they don't rely on you.

"I'm aware that when I stop playing, I'm going to have to roll into something else. It wouldn't be healthy for the alarm to go off and not have something to do."

The Toffees, who take on the Reds on Saturday lunchtime, have not won an away fixture against Liverpool for 15 years, drawing eight and losing eight of their 16 games since, including a 4-0 hammering last season.

They go into the match on the back of last weekend's 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace at Goodison Park for what will be Baines' 288th club appearance.

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