Brighton defender Shane Duffy has claimed that he is looking forward to returning to Everton when he faces off against his former club at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Duffy, 26, left the Toffees to sign for Blackburn in 2014 before he was snapped up by Brighton before their promotion-winning campaign from the Championship last term for £3.5million.

The Republic of Ireland international has been in sensational form for the Seagull and is without doubt one of the key reasons why they are not being considered as serious contenders for relegation at this late stage of the season.

Now, the Derry-born centre-back has made it clear that he wants to go out and win at Everton this weekend.

“I owe the club a lot,” Duffy said to the Argus. “They gave me a pathway. It taught me to be a man and a footballer from 15.

“So many of the backroom staff and on the academy side taught me how to play football in a man’s game.

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“It was great. They gave me a platform to go out and perform. Luckily enough I played a few times for the first team.

“It’s a great club and I’m looking forward to going back there. Obviously hopefully for a win.”

Football Insider verdict

Duffy has been very impressive this season and it will not be a surprise if other Premier League clubs become interested in signing him up. He cost the Seagulls £3.5million almost two years ago, but will surely cost more now that he has established himself as a very consistent top-flight centre-back. Everton could probably do with someone like Duffy back. The Toffees defence has been poor all season and with Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka not getting any younger, a replacement may be required. It would be a sensational transfer, but would not be that hard to see happening.

In other Everton news, the Toffees must make a move to sign this Premier League defender who still has Alexis Sanchez rattling around in his back pocket.

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