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Mirallas will decide his future in the summer

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Kevin Mirallas says that he is comfortable with his current contract situation at Everton and will mull his future over at the end of the season.

The 27 year-old, signed by David Moyes from Olympiacos for a bargain 5.3m three seasons ago, has 18 months left to run on his current deal and although discussions have taken place over new terms, nothing will be decided until the summer.

I don't feel any problem with my situation, Mirallas told the Liverpool Echo. I've spoken very well with the manager and the chairman, and there is no problem.

The best thing, for me and for the team, is that I finish the season well. Then after that I will go away on holiday, and when I come back we will talk about my situation.

But like I say, the most important thing in the meantime is to play well for the team.

Mirallas has made no secret of his desire to get back into the Champions League at a time when he is reaching the peak of his career and Everton fear that if the club fail to achieve that goal this season they will find it hard to keep a player who has arguably been their most effective this season.

I have been here for three years now, and to not have won a trophy in that time is difficult for me," he continued. "Hopefully we can fix that this season.

The Belgian international turned in a star performance at Upton Park last night with a sumptuous free kick to force extra time in the FA Cup replay against West Ham and then setting up compatriot Romelu Lukaku to put the Blues into the lead.

He admits, though, that he is still playing with pain in his injured ankle and that the last few minutes of injury time were particularly painful given that he hasn't played a full game for a month.

The reason I didn't start the last two games was because I have pain in my ankle, Mirallas said. It's difficult, because some days it is good, and some days it is not so good. Some days I train normally, some days I can't. The last two weeks, it has been difficult.

After the Stoke City game (on Boxing Day), I was in a lot of pain and couldn't start against Newcastle. I did 30 minutes in that game but I still felt bad. And after the first game against West Ham, I felt bad, not fit.

I have seen a specialist from Belgium over it. He came two days before the last game, and you can see I felt better after that! He worked his magic!

I think in 10 days I will feel 100%. But for now, it is 90%. The main thing is that I am able to play.

Quotes sourced from Liverpool Echo

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Phil Rodgers
1 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:16:41
"I have been here for three years now, and to not have won a trophy in that time is difficult for me,"

Poor bugger..

Kieran Riding
2 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:17:37
Modern footballers, summed up in a nifty article.
John Keating
3 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:19:28
Not happy ?? Bye bye ! Good luck wherever you go rest assured weÂ’ll be here long after youÂ’ve gone.
Ernie Baywood
4 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:20:10
Well its better than saying "IÂ’ve got a few years left to earn some serious coin". You can surely respect a player saying he wants to have footballing success?

Given our league position IÂ’d have thought itÂ’s pretty certain heÂ’ll be off.

Colin Glassar
5 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:22:18
No big CL will take him so unless he's prepared to go to turkey or Greece then he's stuck with us, or viceversa. Kev has all it takes to be a top player but he's a greedy bugger and that's his biggest weakness.
Sam Hoare
6 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:24:18
AKA I'll be off this Summer to a CL club or whoever pays me the most money.

And we lose our highest scoring and assisting midfielder.

The price of this seasons failure may not be relegation but will more likely be the loss of some of our best players chasing money and trophies. Happily Southhampton have shown that sometimes that can work out quite handily....

John Gee
7 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:31:27
What happened to the footballers who had the drive to achieve things for themselves? Gabriel Batistuta said "I didn't ever want to leave Fiorentina to go to Juventus because winning Serie A means more to Fiorentina than it does to Juventus who expect to win. I want to be a hero."

There is no "I" in "team", but there are plenty of "I's" in "Individual selfish dickhead willing to piggyback on the achievement of others so he can validate the talent he only shows once every five games."

Arrogant. Ungrateful. Mercenary.

Kieran Riding
8 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:43:50
But Batistuta did leave Florence and win the title with Roma. I do get what you mean though.
Paul Ellam
9 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:45:10
Would love him to stay but this article smacks of "if we don't get Champions league next season I'm off".
I don't expect him to be here beyond July.
Phil Walling
10 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:42:27
I'm struggling to think of a single game both under Moyes and Martinez when Mirallas has played the full 90 minutes.

Talented though he is, he is either an easy target for 'the shepherd's crook' or has ankles of glass.

Don't break the bank to keep him as with Lukaku but make sure we make some decent wedge.

Chris Leyland
11 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:44:23
Why do people continue to get upset about these things? Why should Mirallas stay with us if he had the chance to move on to better things from a professional point of view? He isn't an Evertonian, he is a hired hand. Should have refused to sign him from Olympiakos in the first place as surely he was being disloyal to them by wanting to join us?

The last player to leave that upset me was Rooney and then Jeffers before that. They dissapointed me because they were blues and that should be the ambitionband pinnacle of any boyhood blue to play for the team you support

John Malone
12 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:47:29
Sound just do what we did with Fellaini get him to sign and put a champions league team buyout clause for no less than 12 million. Hope he stays he brings a lot of important goals and assists to the team.
David Flanagan
13 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:52:06
Shock horror...heÂ’s not a blue and is thinking of himself. Better players than him have left so we move on.

If he wants to go, get the best price and go again.

Neil Wood
14 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:53:15
Chris.... At last someone speaking sense. He wants to win with us but if we aren't showing that desire then he has a right to move on looking for success.

He's not an Evertonian and as such he should do what he thinks is right for him and any family he has. Just like anyone moving jobs. If you get stuck in a rut you take on a new challenge? No?

Phil Rodgers
15 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:54:33
There is no "I" in "team", but there are plenty of "I's" in "Individual selfish dickhead.

Hahaha. Fantastic, John.

Kunal Desai
16 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:54:23
There are no signs of improvement at the club season after season on the playing field., so it's understandable the better players will become frustrated at not achieving something tangible in there short career span. Don't think it's just Mirallas looking to move on. Just like many ordinary people look to progress in there working careers, football players are no different.
Dean Adams
17 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:57:27
Well Mr Mirallas, win us the euro league this season and show us consistantly how good you really are and your wish will have come true. It is in your hands Kev. Don’t let us down.
Lyndon Lloyd
18 Posted 14/01/2015 at 21:02:21
Couldn't have put it better than Chris (11).

He's ambitious, wants to play in the Champions League and obviously has the talent to do so. At 27, he's running out of time and if we don't win the Europa League (and thereby get into the CL), he's off and who could blame him?

It's a short career and you get no prizes at the end of it for being loyal to a club that can't or won't buy the players needed to really compete.

Kieran Riding
19 Posted 14/01/2015 at 21:10:51
Lyndon #18
England international, Leon Osman is fuming having read that post apparantly.
Jim Bennings
20 Posted 14/01/2015 at 21:08:04
Will be gutted if Mirallas goes despite him coming across at times as a Charlie bigtime.

The cold truth is that Mirallas along with Lukaku and Naismith are the only real goal threats we regularly have.

Where else do our goals come from?


Lose Mirallas then it's just another match-winner gone.

Tony Hill
21 Posted 14/01/2015 at 21:06:49
When he arrived he was wonderful to watch until the Rat nobbled him. He has never done it consistently since though he is obviously very talented, if not as talented as he thinks he is.

Of course, he is a hired man as others have said but some players are more open to hire than others. John Keating has it right. The club will survive the loss if he wishes to go.

John Gee
22 Posted 14/01/2015 at 21:02:59
Kunal 16, that's a line that's often trotted out and I agreed with it until a few years ago. I left my job 3 years ago (27,000 pa) to take a job (49,000 pa). In those circumstances we can all agree it's a no-brainer.
However, he was a multi-millionaire before he joined us, the future of his family was secured - if he wants to achieve something, he should try harder.

All these players in the modern game never have to spend another day at work after they retire if they're smart. And all this hijacking of the vernacular of the common man to justify their self serving is, frankly, insulting.

These type of fence jumping players need a reality check. Or at least, a lesson in the value of loyalty which, to many, is worth more than money.

Paul Dark
23 Posted 14/01/2015 at 21:16:25
Keep picking the genial 'Geads', Roberto ... .

Mirallas is a class act (often).

Craig Mills
24 Posted 14/01/2015 at 21:11:36
What would we realistically get for him in the summer? Bearing in mind if he won't sign by then he will try spin it out until January and sign a pre-contract on a significantly higher salary if there is no transfer fee involved for his new club....

Personally I think 㾶m would be good business rather than lose him for free

Lev Vellene
25 Posted 14/01/2015 at 21:00:19
I realize there is no loyalty in modern football, but I hope Mirallas will stay. He won't displace any world-class stars anywhere, I guess, but he's good for us where he plays, and if he does good he will always (ouch, them injuries...!) get a place in his national team.

We could always get that certain guy make him say he wants to go that other club??? Just to be totally alienated? I still hope/think he'll realize we're his stage for proving he's any good!

Eivind Nyhus
26 Posted 14/01/2015 at 21:30:56
I like Mirallas, and would prefer him staying. We could get big money for him if he re-signs with a big buy-out clause though, which could be good for both parts.
Tony Farrell
27 Posted 14/01/2015 at 21:33:17
We all know what Kev has to offer. Yes he is talented , and as it stands at the moment one of not many goal threats from our squad. I think we should do all we can to encourage him to stay.

The posts on here are right re glass ankles, injury prone etc, but when heÂ’s on song thereÂ’s few better. His performance against the hammers was brilliant.

I understand you shouldnÂ’t pick out particular games but is there anyone in the Premier League that plays to his potential every game? The club should play their part by bringing in quality players, not the likes of McGeady, Atsu, the bird man Kone. Come on, Bill and Bob, we can still salvage this season with the addition of a couple of quality signings. (Reid and Gray come to mind).

Michael Ward
28 Posted 14/01/2015 at 21:48:13
I've said this before but I am sure I read the club have the option of another year on his contract, so really he has 2½ years left. If he goes in the summer, it will be for big money.
Trevor Lynes
29 Posted 14/01/2015 at 21:35:29
Be honest, fellow fans. Teams who are mega-rich can buy just about everyone who can really play. Players at less rich clubs will move on for as long as they are wanted elsewhere. Players are contractors and have no real security of job except with the poorer clubs. That is why players like Hibbert, Osman and co stay with us. No other top club would buy them and that goÂ’s for virtually every player at so called lesser clubs.

Man City have Aguero, Silver, Jovetic, Dzeko etc etc. but have still bought Bony from Swansea. Every day Sky gossip columns are filled with the rich clubs offering mega bucks for every famous player imaginable. We are hardly ever mentioned unless it is about our players being transferred elsewhere.

There is a song called Â’I who have nothingÂ’ which include watching through windows with noses pressed up against window panes. That is us in a nutshell.Contractors are mercenaryÂ’s, I know because I was one.

A footballerÂ’s life at the top is pretty short and they will make as much as they can for their familyÂ’s and themselves as long as they can. All the best players want to play at the top level and personally I fully understand that philosophy and bear them no grudge for improving their situation wherever that may be.

If we have a poor to mediocre season we will lose some players.

Ian Riley
30 Posted 14/01/2015 at 21:11:57
As long as he helps us maintain our Premier League status, then bye bye. He is 27 years old and this is his last big money contract. This Champions League football is complete balls, as good he has been for us this season (which is not hard) is he really a Champions League player?

Remember, if you had a contract at work for 18 months and was told to see it out and double your salary with a few million extra in the bank for doing the same job. What would you do?

Please don't talk about loyalty. If the chairman had a bid of 㿊 million or more for him or any other player, directions would be given to that club.
A player's career is short, how many of you out there earn an average of 㿊k a week till your 33 years old. Premier League footballers can retire at the end of their playing days or come into the real world of work.

That's the problem with football in this country, most working class people can't afford to go and Premier League football is not on national television. God help us all if sky pull the plug!

Jamie Barlow
31 Posted 14/01/2015 at 21:56:07
Mirallas is a top player. I'd be gutted if he went but wouldn't blame him.
Peter Bell
32 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:14:11
Jamie, totally agree, Mirallas is a class act, would you stay at this circus run by a buffoon more interested in the theatre.
Alexander O'Brien
33 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:12:42
How predictable how people slag off one our best players just because the player comes out and states his situation.

The lad wants CL football and is completely within his right to keep his options open, just like myself and everyone else would do so. He's been loyal as far as the modern footballer goes, performed excellent and been a star performer.

Where you all slagging him off the other night as he was tearing the Hammers to shreds? He's a class act and we'll miss him but good luck to the lad. Well bank a nice fee and re invest so get off his back eh.

John Gee
34 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:07:24
Ian Riley, so this is his last chance to get a multi-million contract to supplant his multi-million contract and thereby add some more millions to his millions already earned off people who earn his current weekly wage in a year. Sorry, doesn't wash with me.

He was desperate for a move to the EL and, so far, he's achieved the square root of FA. Maybe, if he achieved something with us, I'd say good luck with a new challenge. But, he's coming across like a fence jumping mercenary. Perhaps we should give him Radsinki's phone number, could be the start of a beautiful Bro-mance.

Lyndon Lloyd
35 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:22:12
John (34), Everton have been pretty good about using available funds to tie players down to decent contracts in recent years (albeit without breaking the wage ceiling) so I don't think it's about money.

I think he genuinely believes he is good enough to play for a top side in the Champions League and, on the basis of when he's been fit the last two seasons, who would argue?

Kunal Desai
36 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:13:11
#22 John - I totally understand where your coming from and agree. Take money aside, it's still the same principle.

Okay so your ordinary hard working person generally moves on and in most cases the factor usually being a better salary, but there are people who solely don't see that as a factor just to better themselves, there may be an opportunity progress there career i.e. becoming a manager, a head, a director etc. A title equally as rewarding as the monetary compensation. Others may want to fulfill there ambitions by applying knowledge they have gained and putting into practice at the highest level.

My point is whilst I accept that money is a motivator, it's not just the only one. 'Other' employee benefits may be far more enticing at another employer than the current one. In the case of Mirallas he could want more than just a salary, he wants to win silverware and play in the CL. Didn't Arteta take a play cut to join Arsenal? He's won an FA Cup and has played regular CL footy since moving from Everton.

Jon Withey
37 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:25:04
He doesn't even start regularly for Belgium but he's undoubtedly decent. I can't remember us paying more than ٣-7M for him so you'd hope to get more than that.

I think he's played his best under Martinez too – to be fair to our boss.

Gavin Johnson
38 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:28:15
If he goes, he goes! We've lost better players over the years! if we can get 㾶M+ based on him only having 1 year left on his contract I'll be satisfied even though I'd prefer him to stay.
Nick Entwistle
39 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:36:35
Let's not forget that he came here instead of Arsenal because we could guarantee him game time. That says something about him.

He could play for any team in the top 4 and like Fellaini, Arteta, Pienaar, Rooney, he wants CL football. And why not? That for Everton is the next step up. Maybe he thinks the same as many of us and that it isn't going to happen under RM.

It was always the outside chance of CL under Moyes that kept the squad together, now that's gone Mirallas leaving will be just the start, but then many have left it too late. Baines to Munich? Not any more.

Denis Richardson
40 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:45:38
Well at least we won't lose him on a free if he doesn't sign. Can't blame him if he goes to another club in the CL or one offering him more cash - is what most of us would do and its not like he's a die hard Evertonian. Players come players go, we'll still be here.

We'll see what happens in the summer.

John Gee
41 Posted 14/01/2015 at 22:56:53
Lyndon, Kunal, Nick, I take your point(s). Maybe I'm too much of a football romantic. However, my fear is that, once we start accepting our players making these kind of statements, then we're accepting that we will never be a big club. I find that hard to swallow.

IMO, if Man City was a sleeping giant, we are a sleeping behemoth. Mirallas seems to think that if Southampton (my second team) finish in the top four then that will be a step up because that is the level he's looking at.

Man Utd, Bayern, PSG etc, are not going to sign a 1-in-5 winger.

Jim Bennings
42 Posted 14/01/2015 at 23:26:09
Just watched the goals from last night again, our defending just gets worse and worse every time I see it and it really has me thinking have I seen much worse defending from a Sunday pub team?

I'm not sure at all Stones is the commanding centre half we are desperate for and as for Jags? I'm sick of seeing that man get slaughtered in the air from any kindof cross or setpieces.

Ideally if we had a bigger squad we would have loaned Stones out to get him beefed up more and a bit more used to the rough nature of defending, it's one thing being elegant moving with the ball but a defender must defend first and foremost.

I get sick of seeing us lose so many headers.

Forget whether Mirallas will go or not just yet and focus on the area of the pitch that could well take us down Roberto mate!!

Ant Summers
43 Posted 14/01/2015 at 23:45:39
I'd like him to stay, but he ain't bigger than EFC. Yeah, i'd take 㾶 million in the summer if he wanted to go. No point him staying if his head ain't right.
Stephen Karnes
44 Posted 14/01/2015 at 23:38:33
The posters on here insulting him for being honest about his intentions says more about you than it does about him. He's a professional athlete who wants to challenge himself in the biggest competition of his sport.

He's worked hard for our club, but he's realistic that it probably isn't going to happen with us, and so are you, although it must be a little hard to see reason from your high horse. Football is a job and he feels he's making the best decision for his career.

Peter Thistle
45 Posted 14/01/2015 at 23:46:38
He's always been a billy big bollocks with his flashy gold car, loves himself more than he'll ever love the club.
Colin Glassar
46 Posted 14/01/2015 at 23:49:46
Jim, I hope one day you will actually enjoy a game. I honestly do.
Michael Winstanley
47 Posted 15/01/2015 at 00:31:27
He misses too many chances for a top club.

Tony J Williams
48 Posted 15/01/2015 at 01:27:45
Didn't he come from a club that were regulars in the Champions League? Couldn't have been about the money could it?
Mark Andersson
49 Posted 15/01/2015 at 01:09:21
Is it any wonder he is wants to move on? There will be a few more joining him as we struggle for the rest of the season. No matter how much we get do you trust Bobby and Bill to invest it well?

This sleeping giant is in a coma, itÂ’s touch and go wether we will ever wake up.

Mr Manwaring, Sir, IÂ’ve a terrible feeling weÂ’re doomed, doorrmmed.

Thanks everyone for keeping me entertained.

Peter Z Jones
50 Posted 15/01/2015 at 03:33:23
The reason why the no trophies comment rubs people the wrong way is because a lot of players feel as though making the top 4 or winning trophies is something handed out by divine right. We were so close to the top 4 last season. We earned every last point by giving it our all but it wasn't quite enough. No shame in that.

The talent was and is obviously there to make that last push. But a combination of poor management, poor play, and injuries has cost us this season. Mirallas, Lukaku, Coleman, Baines etc should all be taking this on as a personal challenge to prove their worth.

If you actually want a move to a richer club, why would they want to buy you if you can't even achieve top 4 level success at a club with 15+ senior internationals? Take responsibility and earn your move if you want it by playing to the maximum of your capabilities. Don't mail it in and then head off as if none of this was your fault.

No one is without blame. Up until the City game, very few representing the royal blue seemed to give a shit about this season and it showed. We're tied with freaking Villa and they've scored a paltry 11 goals. Our overall effort and organization has been downright embarrassing.

There isn't one player outside of maybe Baines that can say they totally deserve that 100k/week salary from a rich club. So get real and prove it. I've had enough talk this season.

Harold Matthews
51 Posted 15/01/2015 at 03:21:49
Quick, skilful goal threat and the only one able to score from a free kick. Loves the limelight, at his peak, he knows we're a pretty damp squib without him. A strong position indeed. Maybe a bit too strong. Especially for a lad who wouldn't even do more than 70 minutes for hardnose Moyes. Leave him on the pitch and he downs tools. Looks after himself does our Kev.

Decisions will have to be made. By him and by the club. Each will seek what's best for them and it won't be easy. He wants money and glory. We want his goal threat but we also need funds for new faces in various positions. I think he's off.

John Zapa
52 Posted 15/01/2015 at 06:19:58
The worrying aspect of the current squad is that there are too few players in their prime (25-29) years old. Kevin is one of the few. Every squad needs a healthy number of those players at that age. The others are Coleman who is also being linked with other clubs, Naismith and the never present Gibson. Not a healthy position going forward.

Although many seem to have an indifferent attitude to his potential departure, I think he is absolutely critical to any success this club could hope to have. Without him in the team, there is little pace and goal threat.

Ralph Basnett
53 Posted 15/01/2015 at 06:48:05
Similar to the Moyes situation Blue Bill needs to grow a pair, put the contract on the table and, if not signed, ship him out.

As enough people have said, no one is bigger than the club; if you do not want to be part of it, then do one. I don't buy into this 'I want CL football' I would rather players be honest and state "I wan't that last big financial move".

Simples – put up or shut up and go!!!!

James Stewart
54 Posted 15/01/2015 at 06:57:37
He misses too many chances for a top top side but he could play CL level no doubt. We shouldn't be letting players like him leave as Lukaku will swiftly follow him if we do. He would be 㾻M plus if sold
Adam Luszniak
55 Posted 15/01/2015 at 08:00:11
Think Moyes paid ٣m for him, and he's a much more valuable asset now. If he wants to go let him go. Can't blame him for wanting to win. In terms of his sell on value I would say 㾶m is a minimum. 㾻m is more like it.
Ian Hollingworth
56 Posted 15/01/2015 at 07:59:06
Easily one of our better players
It is up to the chairman of the club to put us in a position where we can constantly invest in the team and improve year on year
The chairman should have short, medium and long term plans to ensure this happens. We are allegedly lucky enough to have an Evertonian as chairman who wants what we all want???
As he has failed year on year this is where our anger should be directed and not at greedy individual footballers who are just hired hands
Vinny Garstrokes
57 Posted 15/01/2015 at 08:51:54
I remember when he arrived that he said his dream was to play in Spain and to play for Standard Liege so I think its highly likely that he won't be with us next season
Lee Gray
58 Posted 15/01/2015 at 08:51:07
One thing for sure...He won't get it here.
Jim Bennings
59 Posted 15/01/2015 at 08:51:46
The players we need off the wage-bill are the likes of Gibson, Pienaar, Distin, Atsu, Alcaraz, McGeady to name a few.
Not one of our few matchwinners like Mirallas.

Selling will just mean that Everton is still very much a selling club that can't hold on to its prized assets.

Mirallas has dug us out of the dirt many times already this season and is a big goal threat.

Andrew Ellams
60 Posted 15/01/2015 at 08:52:45
I'd be gutted if he ended up at somebody like Spurs. Him and Lukaku are probably the only players we have capable of terrifying opposition defenders, he is a flash git and that transfers into his football which is why he is so entertaining.
James Potter
61 Posted 15/01/2015 at 08:49:39
Our best attacking player by far.
He chose us over Arsenal, so I don't think he's entirely money motivated.
He's not an Evertonian and he has ambitions which, possibly could have happened with us, but it's not looking likely now given our current demise.
The club should of made more effort to tie him down earlier so at the very least resale value is high.
These things happen all the time, at every club, the fact people still get upset or slag the player off is laughable!
Steve Guy
62 Posted 15/01/2015 at 09:08:01
He's gone. No way are we going to get him to stay unless we win Europa and qualify for CL that way. Much as I hope we do win it, you would have to say its unlikely.

It's a shame because he is a game changer, probably our only one.

Darryl Ritchie
63 Posted 15/01/2015 at 08:52:26
Kevin fancies himself a goal scorer. He scored 20 one season with Olympiacos, but he’s averaged 8.5 with us. He’s a tidy player when he wants to be. When he’s in the mood, he can be the best player on the pitch....when he’s in the mood.

When he’s interested, he’s dangerous, when he’s not...not so much. He’s kind of streaky player. There are times he’s
invisible for large parts of the game. Defensively, he’s adequate.

Currently, he’s probably our best winger, but if we were to lose his 8 or 9 goals, we wouldn’t self destruct.

Message to Bill: What ever Mirallas decides to do, we need a couple wingers....and a couple CBs....and another right back. Get right on that, will you. There’s a good lad.

Andrew Ellams
64 Posted 15/01/2015 at 09:36:20
Darryl, if were to lose his 8 or 9 goals we wouldn’t self destruct? We’d be even deeper in the shit right now.
Jim Knightley
65 Posted 15/01/2015 at 09:44:59
It's strange...if a player comes in and performs poorly (Naismith, Robles etc) we have fans lining up to state that we should get rid of them, because we will only show loyalty to players who benefit the team (Even if they may benefit the team in time..but patience is not a virtue of the modern football fan, even when those players come in for a pittance). But, we expect loyalty from footballers who did not come through at Everton, and who are better than most of our other players?

Mirallas is our best attacking midfielder by far..he has 8 goals in all comps this season, in spite of some injuries, and can be devastating on form. His loss would be massive for us, but it's not a loss we should be surprised at. We brought him for a good amount, and he choose us over Arsenal apparently. He has performed well for us, and we for him, but have utterly fallen away this season. He is getting older, and like most competitive footballers, wants to win more trophies and play in UCL before he retires. There will be plenty of teams who would like to add his directness, especially because he can operate from the right and the left. We might be forced to sell at a lower price, but we should be looking for 12-15mil for him in my opinion.

Darryl Ritchie
66 Posted 15/01/2015 at 09:49:28
Andrew, he's said that he's not going anywhere until at least the summer. I was sort of referring to next season and beyond. Surely if I he was to leave, we could find somebody that could score 9 times a season?

Michael Penley
67 Posted 15/01/2015 at 10:01:32
Why do people keep talking about Champions League? He's played in the CL at Olympiakos. He said he wants a trophy and we can get that by winning Europa. That's very much doable, given how we've performed in it so far.
Ian Burns
68 Posted 15/01/2015 at 10:04:18
We are a better team with Mirallas on the pitch and if he goes I for one will be disappointed.

However he is 27 and sadly I can see his point if he feels it's his last chance of winning anything is by moving on.

How depressing to think EFC can't deliver what the better players crave - success on the field.

Phil Walling
69 Posted 15/01/2015 at 10:43:19
I always like the luxury of Mirallas coming off the bench. He usually brings urgency into our attacking and things soon seem to happen. As a starter, he often gets lost but is obviously a lot better bet than the limited McGeady.

I suspect he's a bit of a prima donna and very much the international mercenary. The sort of player you expect to move on whether the going is good or not.

The irony is that, the better he plays for us, the more likely is he to find a more lucrative home elsewhere.

Mark Andersson
70 Posted 15/01/2015 at 10:58:19
ThatÂ’s a positive Phil, irony or not. Good luck to him, we now know he will be at his best to impress.

Are there any decent wingers at Wigan? IÂ’m sure Bobby will be looking... got to laugh, eh.

Al Reddish
71 Posted 15/01/2015 at 11:16:41
I can't blame any player that wants to test himself at the highest level. He has never slagged us down and obviously wants medals to show for his career. I really hope he stays as he is by far our most creative player, but I won't hold it against him if he wants Champions League footy elsewhere.
Lewis Barclay
72 Posted 15/01/2015 at 13:46:17
I think it's as simple as this:

If we win the Europa League and don't get relegated then there is a good chance Mirallas will stay. Otherwise he'll be off.

He's class and I'm pretty sure he'd be more suited to a continental league where he doesn't get the shite kicked out of him every time he played!

Craig Walker
73 Posted 15/01/2015 at 14:04:49
How many players down the years have left Everton to go on and win things and actually succeeded? Rooney, Lescott, can't think of too many in recent times.

A friend of mine summed the situation up several years back. "I love football. I hate footballers".

Dominic Tonge
74 Posted 15/01/2015 at 14:30:20
i am not sure what he has said that has so many riled up. By stating he wants to sort out his contract situation in Summer he has quashed any talk of him leaving in January, so he can concentrate on getting 100% fit rather than endless moody phone calls to his agent all January. He has said he will see the season out and then tell El Bob what the craic is regarding a move (or not)
Furthermore we have Lukaku here on a permanent deal who said pretty much the same thing regarding where he wanted to be post Chelsea. The fact that it's reported that KM was on the phone to Rom telling him to come means that there is a chance the favour will be returned, and we need to make signings be it January or in the Summer as a few players seem to need to be moved on, be it for form,fitness or rapidly approaching fortieth birthdays . A couple of quality signings and we will have his signature too, if not we have all summer to replace him and will make a profit on him, he is going to cost circa 9million
Eric Myles
75 Posted 15/01/2015 at 15:12:49
Andrew #60, if he wants to leave us or CL footy then he'd be a fool to go to Spurs. He can have a word with Pienaar about that.
James Marshall
76 Posted 15/01/2015 at 16:22:01
I never understand the bitterness towards players when they want to leave. Mirallas has been here 3 years, which in modern day football is a decent stint - do you expect every player to fall in love with Everton and stay forever? Give me a break.

Good luck to him if he wants to have a career elsewhere and actually win something - he certainly won't win anything here at Everton. You may have noticed the fact we haven't been close to winning anything for 20 years, barring a loss in an FA Cup final.

Everton are not a force as far as todays players are concerned, simply because in their adult life time, we haven't won a damn thing!!

Callum McNab
77 Posted 15/01/2015 at 16:34:47
James, why do you think we haven't won anything. It's because over the years we have sold the likes of Mirallas and done sod all with the money or not seen it at all. If we keep selling our quality players we won't win anything. I agree with Jim Bennings,there is plenty of dead wood to get rid of before we sell the likes of Kevin.
Terry McLavey
78 Posted 15/01/2015 at 16:30:38
If he goes we have no control over it anyway, IÂ’m afraid the only consistent thing at Everton is US ! We will always be there no matter what.

He has changed a few games for us, but heÂ’s also disappeared in games without a trace. Looks as if heÂ’s already made up his mind.

Andrew Hawes
79 Posted 15/01/2015 at 16:45:16
Same old response to one of our best players wanting success!!

Mirallas is Belgian not Evertonian ... Why spend his career winning nothing when he can move to a bigger club on twice his wages and a few medals?? ItÂ’s a no brainer.

He is the only player at this present moment within our group of so called "amazing" and "phenomenal" attackers that doesnÂ’t freeze everytime we come across a side that can actually defend!

James Hughes
80 Posted 15/01/2015 at 16:48:22
"I have been here for three years now, and to not have won a trophy in that time is difficult for me," he continued. "Hopefully we can fix that this season."

As fans that’s the same attitude we should have – not slate him for having hopes and ambitions. I still have fond memories of ’85 and almost getting sacked ’cos I went back to the smoke a day late after winning the league

Colin O'Keeffe
82 Posted 15/01/2015 at 16:56:13
Poor lad, sore ankle and no trophies to polish and admire his reflection in. No top club in this country/Spain/Italy will buy him - perhaps some 2nd rate German outfit at a push. Someone needs to tell him that top players in C/L perform week in and week out.
James Stewart
83 Posted 15/01/2015 at 17:20:56
A lot of talk about us winning the Europa on here. Unrealistic to say the least considering we couldnÂ’t even beat the mighty West Ham. Absolutely no chance of winning that.
Steven Telford
84 Posted 15/01/2015 at 17:43:00
I would say, The 5 most important players that we need to hang on

Tier 1: Barkley, Colman, Lukaku, McCarthy, and Stones.

Mirallas - I would almost put there, but all the same, I hope we hang on to him, he is talented and does give it his all. But, in general, it is easier to replace a winger than most other positions.
Deulofeu as a replacement?

James Marshall
85 Posted 15/01/2015 at 18:01:33
Callum - we haven't won anything because we haven't had enough investment to be able to keep players. Having one or two good players doesn't really help when you have all the big clubs buying all the best players.

We missed the boat years ago.

Ian Burns
86 Posted 15/01/2015 at 18:02:52
Steven 84 - you missed Besic and Gsrbutt off your Tier 1 list
Steven Telford
87 Posted 15/01/2015 at 18:21:05
You may be right Ian - I hope you are. Certainly Besic has looked very impressive in his last few games.
Linda Morrison
88 Posted 15/01/2015 at 18:43:37
I agree with Stephen (84), in fact I was thinking the other day who would still be with us if we went down, which I am happy now to think we wont, and it was your 5.

If Keven was so good a club would now be after him. but they are not.
If he goes he goes. I said at the start of the season this will be transition, although I didn't think we would be hovering so close to the relegation zone!

Next season wiill be better

Andy Crooks
89 Posted 15/01/2015 at 19:06:54
He's a hired hand and if he can leave saying he gave this club his all then good luck to him. He cannot because he has not. Those who defend him are probably right. However, I take the view that a man can earn enough, like Mirallas, to live well for the rest of his life. After that it is a matter of what is important to you. If loyalty, integrity and respect for those he really care mean nothing then go.
Billy Fisher
90 Posted 15/01/2015 at 19:23:11
Mir-arl-arse.... keep cheering him, so he carries on playin well and we get a good price for him
Stephen Brown
91 Posted 15/01/2015 at 19:09:59
Sad state of affairs but can't blame Mirallas if he moved. Have we had a better ٣m signing?

Made of glass though!!

Neal Kernohan
92 Posted 15/01/2015 at 21:47:50
Good player when he wants to be, not consistent enough for me, can go missing for large periods of a game. Need a 90 minute player, not cameos! One great substitute game against West Ham and its gone to his head, see how he does against West Brom!
Ant Dwyer
93 Posted 17/01/2015 at 01:25:07
I'd be horrified if Mirallas left us as he's our most creative player by a country mile. But at the same time, who could blame him?

He's poorly treated by Martinez both this and last season and is often a scapegoat even though his work rate is as high as most in our team.

He's a bit of an in-and-out style player, as are most players of his kind (other than the odd 㿔M man) but, despite being the most creative player at the Blues he was left out at times last season for Del Boy and now for McGeady. For me, Mirallas would be the first name on my team sheet.

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