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On-loan Everton midfielder Landon Donovan has been amazed by the support he has received from Everton fans, after learning that a campaign has started on social networking site Facebook to try to keep him at Goodison Park.

Donovan is due to return to Los Angeles Galaxy next month when his loan spell finishes but Toffees fans have been so impressed with the USA midfielder's performances that they have set up a group begging him to extend his stay.

Following his arrival last month Everton have become the Premier League's form side with victories over Chelsea and Manchester United, and Donovan is expected to play a key role when the Toffees face Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League second leg on Thursday.

While manager David Moyes is resigned to him returning to the United States, the player revealed he expects to return to Everton at some stage in his career.

Regarding the fans' campaign, Donovan told evertonTV: "I was not aware of that...it's pretty funny. Since the day I got here, the fans have been fantastic.

I was really overwhelmed by how many people were aware that I was coming and knew who I was and said 'welcome to Everton'. That's been the same with the team, the manager's been great - everybody's been fantastic.

"I think not only as a person but as a footballer as well, when you feel that it makes it a lot easier to perform on the field. I'm enjoying every day that I'm here. Every day that goes by makes me think that I want to stay here, but we'll see what happens.

"I would definitely imagine that I will be back here at some point in my life. I think it's been an incredible experience and away from football, the people have been extremely nice. That being said, I do miss LA, I miss my team-mates there, I miss the sunshine. That'd be nice to get back there too.''

Moyes admitted after the victory against Manchester United that Donovan would almost certainly be heading home next month.

"I think Landon would like to stay but at the moment it probably looks as if not,'' the Everton boss said. "I wouldn't want to have any disrespect to his club or the contract he has over there.''

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