Mirallas's long-term future remains in doubt as he stalls on a new contract at Everton, with his recent rhetoric essentially suggesting that his signing any new deal hinges on whether or not the Blues qualify for Europe's elite competition at the end of this season.
The 27 year-old told La Capitale that, after three seasons at Goodison, he is ready for a new challenge, possibly in Spain where he has consistently said he fancies playing, but the Champions League remains his main goal.
He pointed out in the interview that he could still achieve that with Everton should the club triumph in the Europa League this season but his timing of comments have been construed as potentially destabilising ahead of such an important fixture as the Merseyside derby.
His has manager waved off the suggestion, however, saying that he only saw the player expressing the same goal as his Blues teammates.
“I'm aware that he did an interview in Belgium," Martinez said, "and the way that it was translated or taken out of context maybe seemed like he was saying something negative but I don't think that's the case. At least that's what I've been led to believe so I don't think it's an issue.
“I believe that the comment was ‘I want to play in the Champions League', and we are in the same position. We want to win titles and we want to get into the Champions League, so I don't think there's anything wrong with that.”
“I've never had a conversation with Kevin where he's showed that he's not happy.
“All he wants is to play and score goals. Nothing different. Kevin has a phenomenal career in front of him and all I'm interested in is seeing him grow as he's grown in the last few seasons with Everton.
“It's not an issue at all. He's not a player who is out of contract in the summer and not a player with a decision to be made about his contract, so I don't see it as an issue at all."
Mirallas has been struggling to remain fully fit in recent weeks following an ankle injury sustained in mid-December and apparent tightening of his hamstring in the 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion in which he controversially missed a penalty and was then alleged to have told Martinez he wasn't fit enough to play the second half.
He was withdrawn after an hour of Saturday's goalless encounter with Liverpool as well, although this time it appeared to be more tactical that related to fitness.
"I want players to be unhappy when they're not playing," Martinez continued. “He's a young player who has high hopes and high goals — and I don't have an issue as long as the player is not disrespectful to his team-mates and as long as the player gives everything he has got in training and in games.
“He hasn't been disrespectful in this manner and it just seems disappointing that from the outside we want to pick on Kevin Mirallas because he missed a penalty, because he created something against West Brom.
“I would tell you if it's an issue. It's not an issue. He's not out of contract in the summer.”
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1 Posted 09/02/2015 at 17:11:54
What is there to like? Seriously? He is shocking in his attitude, or, lack of it, as a paid professional to give his utmost. It was like this when the Moyes was at the helm. TEAM PLAYERS are what we need. He is overrated.
4 Posted 09/02/2015 at 17:42:06
All the same, it will be shame to lose him, he does give his all in games.
5 Posted 09/02/2015 at 18:14:40
6 Posted 09/02/2015 at 18:29:50
7 Posted 09/02/2015 at 18:46:31
9 Posted 09/02/2015 at 18:52:45
But hey! My bookie told me today his firm's oddsmakers calculate that just 10 more points will see Everton safe. Goodee!
10 Posted 09/02/2015 at 19:04:29
Don't care what he drives and at least it's not a Lamborghini. But his body language was execrable and once players start flouncing about like that, they deserve a kicking (bring out the team enforcer!). Hope he starts with the right head on against Chelsea though.
11 Posted 09/02/2015 at 19:12:36
12 Posted 09/02/2015 at 17:45:16
Lennon's here and Atsu is coming back better and stronger, so it's good times yet again, COYB.
13 Posted 09/02/2015 at 19:33:56
14 Posted 09/02/2015 at 19:30:41
15 Posted 09/02/2015 at 19:38:07
16 Posted 09/02/2015 at 19:57:06
What fuckin difference does it make what colour his car is?
It's mental on here lately.
17 Posted 09/02/2015 at 19:43:40
Alert all champions league clubs, a game changer is available. Honest, hard working and unselfish. Oh I forgot no reference is required just the right fee.
This is not the right time to make him the main focus. The manager should tell him to shut the .... up and do your job!
18 Posted 09/02/2015 at 19:57:08
I'm sick of these players at various clubs making these statements. Sniedelin, Berahino and the rest. They're nowhere near as good as they think they are. They're essentially journeymen who are stealing a living.
If you want to go, Kev, why don't you buy yourself out of your contract and fuck off!
20 Posted 09/02/2015 at 20:07:58
As a player, he is very inconsistent and tends to drift out of a game very quickly if it's not happening for him. As I said before he thinks he is better than actually is. He has the ability to win a match for us, but if he wants a move to a club that is in the Champions League he better start performing and show it.
Someone on this thread mentioned the figure of 㾻million would be an acceptable transfer fee Ã‚â€“ that is very wishful thinking you will find in my opinion. For once, our manager should grow a pair of balls and tell the likes of Mirallas to shut his mouth, and start contributing to the "phenomenal" club Everton FC.
22 Posted 09/02/2015 at 20:44:10
23 Posted 09/02/2015 at 22:50:47
When you look at the teams who are regularly in the CL all their players produce performances on a regular and consistent basis and the stars like Robben, Messi etc just add the extra dimensions.
The complaints on here stating that we did not have a creative midfielder to feed our front 3 during the Derby are missing the most glaring problem, that are front 3 do not create sufficient space by constant and intelligent movement to allow any midfielder to produce a telling pass. Part of Barkley's problems have not been that he has picked the wrong pass or dribbled into a mass of players but that there is nobody ahead making runs into space meaning he holds onto the ball until he is finally crowded out. The one moment of intelligent running by Coleman on Saturday allowed Barkley to play an early pass which produced our single strike on goal.
Personally I would start with Lennon and Kone against Chelsea and bring the CL lovers on in their places if either is not performing, or are running out of steam.
24 Posted 10/02/2015 at 00:33:51
25 Posted 10/02/2015 at 00:52:25
26 Posted 10/02/2015 at 01:38:44
BTW, you're right. Mister Champions League was irrelevant. As he is for most games. Far and away the most overrated player to ever wear blue.
27 Posted 10/02/2015 at 05:32:52
Next question. If a top team doesn't come knocking, what what options does he have, since he's already drawn a CL line in the sand?
Turkey or Greece; maybe Russia, I figure. Or does he re-sign with us?
28 Posted 10/02/2015 at 09:05:52
Not only Martinez, but captain, Jagielka and senior professionals like Baines, Osman, Howard, Barry should be having strong words with the sulky teenager.
29 Posted 10/02/2015 at 09:31:12
Martinez does not like confrontation and the team's recent progress could be undermined by keeping Mirallas in the team, It's that serious.
30 Posted 10/02/2015 at 09:49:08
He'll be off this Summer, hopefully for a decent fee if its true that we have the option to extend his contract for a year.
31 Posted 10/02/2015 at 09:47:29
32 Posted 10/02/2015 at 11:15:40
I often wonder when watching the early stages of BGT or X-Factor how some people can be so deluded?!? Perhaps Kev could throw some light on it for me as he shows similar traits.
33 Posted 10/02/2015 at 11:33:02
34 Posted 10/02/2015 at 11:52:18
35 Posted 10/02/2015 at 14:05:01
36 Posted 10/02/2015 at 14:16:50
37 Posted 10/02/2015 at 14:13:33
To the poster who suggested Lennon was more dangerous when he came on, I suggest you start watching the game from the first whistle and not just the second half. Obviously, Mirallas had run many miles more already in the game, making fine runs you apparently missed, so by contrast Lennon, or any sub, should have looked more lively, otherwise why sub? But what did he really do? Barkley to Coleman was the last good chance.
Trashing a player for looking upset when he is pulled is insane. He knows RM wants to protect from injuries so he is going to get subbed but doesn't like it. Good! I want someone who wants to be out there and has more skill than current favs, Besic and Naismith.
Everton is less without Mirallas in the lineup... and Lennon Ã‚â€“ retread that he is and inconsistent player that he was and has always been Ã‚â€“ while a good addition, is not better than Mirallas.
38 Posted 10/02/2015 at 14:54:44
I'd better sell my one asap, any takers?
39 Posted 10/02/2015 at 17:04:32
Do ya think he might be a tad bit frustrated at watching the club go so far backward under Martinez and the boring style of play? And shut the hell up about his car. I'm sure if you all had millions coming in you wouldn't do a thing different, right? Stay humble and all that.
40 Posted 11/02/2015 at 08:26:32
I also believe a few on here "go with the flow" or what the "media tell them". Two short months ago, we were praying for the return of Mirallas as he was to be the saviour of our season. Now, because he drives a gold car and harbours ambitions to play in the pinnacle competition of his profession, we lambast him?!
Get a grip! This man is important to our current squad. He is pacey and direct. While he is at the club, he will be one of my favourite players. We are better with him in the side than without him.
There seems to be a growing trend, on here, that Everton fans only like the players who aren't in the starting 11. Ross was getting flak, now he is benched and all of a sudden "he should be starting games and is our best player" again.
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