Phil Neville is refusing to get carried away by the hype surrounding David Beckham's link with Everton.
Toffees boss David Moyes recently admitted that he would welcome the opportunity to bring the former England captain back to England on loan, with his commitments with MLS outfit Los Angeles Galaxy over for another season.
Beckham has taken in loan spells in Europe in each of the last two years, with Italian giants AC Milan happy to make use of his considerable experience.
An eagerly-anticipated switch to England, where he has not played on a full-time basis since leaving Manchester United in 2003, has been widely touted, with Everton mentioned as one of the sides in the running.
Club captain Neville would welcome his former United team-mate to Goodison Park with open arms but is wary of allowing such talk to spiral out of control, with Beckham yet to make any decision on his short-term future.
"Obviously you would want a player of that ilk to come to your club, but he's an LA Galaxy player and until we hear otherwise we will respect that," he told Sky Sports News.
Beckham's Galaxy colleague Landon Donovan did take in a spell with the Toffees last season, greatly impressing during his time on Merseyside.
It has been suggested he could return for a second stint, having left the door open for Moyes to make a move, but Neville insists there is no pressure on Everton to land loan stars as they already have a squad capable of competing with the Premier League elite.
"I have got total belief in the players that we have got. We have got Victor Anichebe, who came back at the weekend, who could be that type of player for us," he said on the Donovan link.
"You don't invest heavily into a squad like we have and keep a settled squad, with our biggest signing of the summer being Mikel Arteta signing again, without having belief.
"Everyone is tied up on long-term contracts so the squad and foundations are there, it's just we need to start performing as a team.
"As players we all take responsibility, there's enough quality in the dressing room, and we are not looking outside the club or outside the dressing room for excuses. The players haven't performed to the levels that we as players and the manager expects. It's time for us to step up."