Danny Mills insists Everton will continue to support their local community after they move to their new stadium because they are a family-oriented club.
The former Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the Toffees realise how valuable their fans are and that a lot of their fans come from the local area.
The Merseyside Blues have plans to build a new 52,000 capacity stadium on Liverpool’s waterfront – Bramley-Moore Dock.
It would mark a move from their current ground and spiritual home Goodison Park but The Athletic revealed the club is to redevelop the area into many community projects.
High quality and affordable housing, a multi-purpose health centre, a community-led retail spaces, a youth enterprise zone and an education zone are just some of the plans.
When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to the future plans for Goodison, Mills said: “Everton have always been a family-oriented club. When you go and walk around Goodison you can see it.
“You have seen the history between Liverpool and Everton, it is not spiteful even when there are derbies on. There is plenty of banter. People that support different teams in the same household.
“Everton have always been massive in their local community. Wherever that stadium is, that will not change. Everton have been very good at that over the years.
“It will not change because they realise that most of their fans are locals. They will continue to look after them.”
The People’s Project, as it is named, is estimated to bring in £800million to the area in a 10-year period.
The new stadium is scheduled to be completed by 2023 subject to the approval of planning permission by Liverpool County Council.