Everton winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has admitted that he is eager to leave Goodison Park come January, as first-team opportunities are few and far between.
The wideman joined the Merseyside club from Lokomotiv Moscow two year ago for £9 million, but has been a fringe figure in David Moyes’ plans.
The Russia international has Euro 2012 in mind, and fears that if he continues to waste away in the doldrums at Goodison Park he will miss out on inclusion in Dick Advocaat’s squad next year.
The Eastern European had initially stated that he was willing to stay in England and fight for a starting berth at the Premier League club, but he now seems to have admitted defeat, and will look for a move when the transfer window re-opens.
“At my club I almost don’t play and therefore I’m of no interest to Dick Advocaat as a first-team player in the national team,” the 26-year-old told Mirror Football.
“I’m not satisfied with this and while there’s still time until Euro 2012, I have to change something,” he concluded.
Cash-strapped Everton may well be keen to cash in on Bilyaletdinov come the new year, as he seems surplus to requirements at Goodison.
By Gareth McKnight