Deulofeu to close door on Everton, but not for Barcelona

Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu has revealed that he wants to extend his stay at AC Milan beyond his current loan deal, according to Marca.

What’s the word?

The long-term future of the Spaniard at Goodison Park is uncertain given that he was shipped out to Milan temporarily in January.

Under manager Ronald Koeman, the winger started just four Premier League games in the first half of the campaign and came off the bench in seven.

It became clear that he was not favoured by the Dutchman, but he has had better fortune at the San Siro, featuring 10 times, scoring one goal and making three others.

Deulofeu’s form also earned him a call-up to the Spain squad, and it appears as though he is ready to quit Everton, but has played down suggestions of returning to his former club Barcelona.

The winger is quoted by Marca as saying:

“I’m very happy here in Milan and hope to continue here. They gave me a lot of confidence when I arrived. I’m a more intelligent and consistent player that is now preparing matches much better beyond training.”

What’s best for Deulofeu?

The Spaniard is still only 23, but now is the time when he should start settling at one club for a period of time in order to enhance his development.

Since graduating from the Barcelona academy in 2011, Deulofeu has had loan spells at Everton, Sevilla and now Milan.

The attacker left the Catalan giants permanently in 2015 to join the Toffees on a permanent basis, but with Koeman in charge it looks unlikely that he will get the game time that he is craving.

Deulofeu seems comfortable in Italy and it would make sense from a career standpoint for him to remain at Milan, particularly as it has helped him earn a place in the Spain squad.

In his first season at Everton, Deulofeu scored two goals and provided eight assists in 26 Premier League appearances, 16 of which were starts.

 


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