The captain is believed to have become unsettled after losing his starting role at Goodison and, at age 34, is eager to keep playing first-team football.
That has led to speculation linking him away from Everton but Koeman insists that the veteran must stay because of his value to the squad.
“I spoke to Phil and he accepts it," the Dutchman said in the Liverpool Echo.
"We spoke about his position and the need to fight like everybody who is not involved or starting because we need competition.
“We need competition with defenders and we need competition with front players
“I understand it's difficult. He's the captain but we like to keep him because he can play an important role to the end of the season.”
The manager's comments suggest that any attempt to sign Michael Keane, a potential long-term replacement for Jagielka, are likely to be unsuccessful this month and would likely have to be put off until the summer.
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1 Posted 30/01/2017 at 23:40:49
He will be needed, and I predict he will come up big for us at some point in the second half of the season.
2 Posted 30/01/2017 at 23:44:06
Jags and Barry should both be allowed to find new clubs for next season though.
4 Posted 30/01/2017 at 23:58:52
5 Posted 31/01/2017 at 00:10:05
6 Posted 31/01/2017 at 00:12:40
If we sign a 'big' name tomorrow I think we'll revisit a deal for Brahimi or Yarmolenko, along with another U23 player deal Emerson or the lad from Man City being announced.
7 Posted 31/01/2017 at 01:08:57
Galloway is left footed and can play left back as well so would suit the left side role in a back 3 very well. Hope he gets some game time at WBA.
8 Posted 31/01/2017 at 08:01:36
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15 Posted 31/01/2017 at 13:09:59
16 Posted 31/01/2017 at 14:53:38
It's always hard to let go, but if Everton are to step up to the next level there is no room for sentimentality. A fine pro, a good servant of the club but time has taken its toll. He doesn't want to sit on the bench and I don't blame him. But he isn't getting any younger or better. Williams has been more composed, Holgate and Funes Mori are the future not the past. There are a couple of young lads at the club who can step in between now and the end of the season who could use the experience.
Fair play to Koeman, if there is no option to bring in a ready made replacement then keep him around to act as back up. But if there is an opportunity to strengthen the squad let him go, with best wishes and goodwill, to have a last hurrah somewhere.