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Martinez keen to keep hold of Mirallas

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Roberto Martinez has moved again to dampen speculation linking Kevin Mirallas with a summer move away from Goodison Park by insisting that Everton can match the Belgian's ambitions.

Mirallas caused a stir a few weeks ago with comments attributed to him in the press in Belgium where he indicated his desire to play Champions League football next season.

The forward appeared to leave the door open to staying with the Blues had they gained entry to Europe's elite competition by winning the Europa League but with no Continental football possible at Goodison until he 2016-17 season at the earliest, talk of him moving on will only increase as the summer draws closer.

I think those comments were taken out of context, Martinez said in the Echo, however.

When you are a foreign player — and I know because I have been in that situation — and you do an interview with someone from your nation and all they do is ask you about playing in the best competitions.

"And, of course, you want to show desire but he has never been disrespectful to our football club or our team. He is ambitious and we are an ambitious football club and so that is a very good match.

Martinez reiterated the former Olympiacos player's importance to Everton and explained that his recent absence from the team was due to the club's medical staff not wishing to rush him back from another muscle injury.

He has had a soft tissue problem so we need to be careful," the manager continued. "Now he is getting to 100% and Kevin has been a really important player for us in the last two years and his goal scoring threat is something that we really need in the team.

He is a player I really love working with and he still has a lot to offer.

Mirallas has just over a year on his current contract but Everton have the option of extending it for another season, providing some protection against the possibility of losing him in the cheap should he be tempted away in the coming couple of transfer windows.

For his part, the 27 year-old says he wants to finish the season strongly and he has set himself an ambitious target to improve upon the nine goals he has to his name so far.

I want to finish the season with 15 goals, he told In the last six games it will be difficult to score six goals, but it is possible.

I played only eight minutes [at Swansea] but it was good after the injury. It wasn't a very bad injury but when you play a lot of games in the season, your body can feel tired. But now I am feeling happy for the rest of the season.

"If we can win the last six games, it will help us prepare for next season.  

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Joe Foster
1 Posted 17/04/2015 at 08:03:31
For once I may be in agreement with RM. You see this a lot with foreign players that are interviewed in their native tongue. The context and differences in languages can be easily misinterpreted.
Sam Hoare
2 Posted 17/04/2015 at 08:35:05
No doubt Mirallas has been one of if not the most effective forward players in the last few seasons. His assists/goals provided are comfortably the best in midfield. I would be happy if he wanted to stay. IÂ’d love to see him and Lennon on either wing this weekend providing for Lukaku. Why Roberto is so against playing two wingers I donÂ’t know...

Equally it would be criminal if we lost him in a year or so for nothing when we could get 㾶M or so for him now.

If he wants to stay then have him state that and sign a new contract; if not then flog him for a good price this Summer and replace well.

Laurie Hartley
3 Posted 17/04/2015 at 08:42:31

I would like to see him just behind Lukaku with Pienaar and Lennon on each wing.

Tony Hill
4 Posted 17/04/2015 at 08:46:01
Laurie, his goal record at Olympiakos was something like 1 in 2 and I have always thought he would do well played centrally. Of course the question is whether heÂ’ll stay and I doubt that he will. I was told that he nearly went in January.
Trevor Peers
5 Posted 17/04/2015 at 08:39:54
IÂ’m still not satisfied he wants to play for the Blues or heÂ’s enough of a team player to deserve a place in the team every week.

When he plays for Belgium, they tend to use him as a substitute, this is because heÂ’s an impact player and does his work in short bursts, not really what Everton need.

In his heart I think he still wants to leave and probably will.

Mark Pierpoint
6 Posted 17/04/2015 at 08:55:20
He is a good player, who when on his game is truly top drawer. ’When’ is the key clause though. He is inconsistent and frequently drifts in and out of matches. When he isnÂ’t on it, he becomes a mere spectator. This is in comparison to Lennon who, for me, offers for the team even when not on his game.

If he stays, great. If not, I think he is replaceable. I have no problem with players moving on for better things. We do it in our working lives and I am pragmatic enough to see that footballers have the right to do the same. I donÂ’t think Mirallas is good enough over 38 games to warrant being a key player for a Champions League club who will pay like Everton will. Decision is his...

Colin Glassar
8 Posted 17/04/2015 at 09:15:35
To be honest, I donÂ’t know why Roberto, and some of you lads, obsess so much over this guy. HeÂ’s injury prone, greedy, canÂ’t play for 90 mins, is a sulk, spatially unaware (headless chicken), lazy etc.... Okay, he chips in with the occasional goal or assist but his individualistic nature means he will never be a team player and that decreases his effectiveness for us.
IÂ’d sell him.
Andrew Ellams
9 Posted 17/04/2015 at 11:24:32
We need a manager who can make best use of his talents, same goes for Barkley and Lukaku.
Denis Richardson
10 Posted 17/04/2015 at 11:25:13
The only way I see Mirallas staying is if no Â’decentÂ’ club comes for him. However, given heÂ’s entering the last year of his contract, I really canÂ’t imagine a big offer being needed to sell.

If RM was so keen on him staying, heÂ’s not exactly doing a great job in persuading him to stay by leaving him on the bench the last couple of games!

IÂ’d personally like him to stay but canÂ’t see it happening. HeÂ’ll end up in London or abroad.

Oscar Huglin
11 Posted 17/04/2015 at 11:21:23
Colin #8

He was easily our best player up to January, so itÂ’s a shame about his injuries, but that in itself is proof enough that heÂ’s willing to fight for his team. When we were dire, he was a shining light. Yes, he can appear selfish, but performances like in the FA Cup at West Ham and in seemingly every Merseyside derby he turns out in make me think that heÂ’s much more valuable to our improvement next season than it might seem.

IÂ’d be gutted to lose him – heÂ’s one of the most exciting and technically gifted players in the squad. WasnÂ’t there a stat last year that, between them, Lukaku and Mirallas had a hand in over 50% of our goals? If we do sell him, it has to be this Summer and it has to be for 㾶m+, but I think weÂ’d be better off holding on to him.

Anyway, bring on Burnley. LetÂ’s keep this march on the top 10 going.

Tony J Williams
12 Posted 17/04/2015 at 11:16:59
What Colin said.
Ross Edwards
13 Posted 17/04/2015 at 11:57:45
Martinez seems happy with his one-winger system; Christ knows why because 4-2-3-1 can never be effective with just 1.

But anyway, I think Mirallas is leaving in the summer because itÂ’s either that or he walks for free next season, as Sam said. BK would rather get 㾶-15M for him than to see him walk for free.

Colin Glassar
14 Posted 17/04/2015 at 11:58:28
Oscar, my point entirely. You can name on one hand the games per season where Mirallas has been outstanding. HeÂ’s too inconsistent to be considered a must-keep-at-all-cost player IMO. Great on his day but his days are far too few.

If someone offers us some serious dosh for him IÂ’d take it and run.

Mark Pierpoint
15 Posted 17/04/2015 at 12:37:54

He wont walk away for a free for two years. He has one year left on the deal, and the club have automatic right to exercise a further year.

ThatÂ’s the way I have read it anyway.

Gavin Johnson
16 Posted 17/04/2015 at 12:44:05
At this moment, IÂ’d happily trade Mirallas for Lennon and a cash adjustment.
Winston Williamson
17 Posted 17/04/2015 at 12:58:30
Maybe play Mirallas and Lukaku up front together, like he did with Kone and Lukaku. He can hold the ball up and is good on the counter.

HeÂ’s one of our top five performers throughout a season, so keep him. Unless, we can upgrade, which I doubt for the money.

Trevor Lynes
18 Posted 17/04/2015 at 13:53:21
I hope he stays; both of our Belgians have provided virtually all our strike power since they arrived. Mirallas had a lot to do with Lukaku signing for us and that speaks volumes IMO. I would love to see him play with both Lennon and Lukaku in the side. Surely he could be played up front with Rom with Lennon and Pienaar on the flanks.

Barkley is an impact player IMO and is worth an hour with Osman coming on for him or vice versa. Why not try: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Baines with McCarthy or Barry alongside Osman and Lennon, Lukaku, Mirallas and Pienaar further forward.

The bench would be Robles, Garbutt, Besic, Barkley, Naismith, Atsu and Distin who is well better than Alcaraz. I would feel confident that this strong bench would be able to cover for any injury or loss of form.Soon we will be able to add Galloway, Henen and Oviedo. I am not impressed with Browning at all and see him as too slow for the Premier League.

Paul Ellam
19 Posted 17/04/2015 at 14:06:38
Martinez should just say to Mirallas: "You want to stay, fine. You want to leave, fine. The club will still be here. ItÂ’s your choice".

I personally would like him to stay but it would not upset me if he left. Lukaku, Coleman, McCarthy & Stones however... they’re a different story!!

Eddie Dunn
20 Posted 17/04/2015 at 14:08:18
He canÂ’t do 90 mins, has lots of niggling injuries, is too greedy and in my opinion, is not a team player.

Good on his day but neither Moyes nor Martinez seem to know his best position, or how to motivate him. As long as we spend the money on a good replacement (Bolassie), then let him go.

Patrick Murphy
21 Posted 17/04/2015 at 14:18:43
Eddie, we wonÂ’t be getting Bolassie; Pardew rates him in the 㿀m bracket. However, I do agree that Mirallas in a team playing well is very good but, in a team not firing, he is a luxury we can afford to do without.
Sam Morrison
22 Posted 17/04/2015 at 14:40:47
I’m with many people above – Kevin oozes class on the odd occasion and unfortunately it’s not often enough. He might have twice the ability of Naismith, but he puts in about half the effort. Personally I would not be upset to see him go – I’ve never felt he was an Everton player in the same way that Jags or Baines or a few others are.
Harold Matthews
24 Posted 17/04/2015 at 14:54:36
Not convinced by Martinez on this one. "You want to show desire" fits perfectly with Super Kev and "heÂ’s still got a lot to offer" is something he would normally say about one of our oldies. Strange stuff indeed.
Eric Myles
25 Posted 17/04/2015 at 15:22:07
Patrick #21 "Mirallas in a team playing well is very good but, in a team not firing, he is a luxury we can afford to do without."

So youÂ’re saying that because the rest of the team are playing badly we should get rid of Mirallas!

Patrick Murphy
26 Posted 17/04/2015 at 15:27:01
IÂ’d like to keep him, Eric, particularly if he put a shift in like he did in some European games and the FA Cup tie down at West Ham, but we are probably not the right club for him and heÂ’s probably not the right player for the club, so it might be best for both if he left us. ItÂ’s a moot point anyway as heÂ’s unlikely to extend his contract with us so we may as well cut the ties sooner rather than later.
Steve Harris
27 Posted 17/04/2015 at 15:37:52
Colin, you say that youÂ’d struggle to count on one hand the outstanding games that Mirallas has played this season; I reckon it would be much fucking harder to count how many outstanding performances the team have shown under your mate Roberto this season!
Eddie Dunn
28 Posted 17/04/2015 at 15:42:11
Patrick (#21); Pardew stated today that he had been talked of in the 㾶 mill bracket but, due to his great form, he should be 㿀 mill – that is Pardew talking up his price. It doesnÂ’t mean that they wont take 㾶 or 12 million. Who would gamble 㿀 million on him?
Jamie Barlow
29 Posted 17/04/2015 at 15:58:03
Top player in my opinion. He might be inconsistent but on his day is a good player. Who gives a fuck if heÂ’s greedy? HeÂ’s a striker.
Jamie Barlow
30 Posted 17/04/2015 at 16:07:52
I should have said forward, not striker. ThereÂ’s nothing wrong with having a pop at goal. Some of our other players should have a go.
Harold Matthews
31 Posted 17/04/2015 at 16:40:02
Eddie. Bolasie demanded a move to Palace because he wanted to live in London.
Sam Hoare
32 Posted 17/04/2015 at 16:35:45
Colin @8 "Okay, he chips in with the occasional goal or assist..." I donÂ’t think you can dismiss this so easily. Scoring goals or creating them is what wins you matches and Mirallas is one of our very, very rare midfielders capable of doing so.

I would wager that he has as many goals and assists this season (despite large stints out due to injury) as McCarthy, Barry, Besic, Lennon, McGeady, Atsu and Barkley together. That's the job heÂ’s there to do and he does it pretty well to be fair having scored almost 1 every 3 games this season and created a bunch more.

That's why some people Â’obsessÂ’ over him....

Jim Hardin
33 Posted 17/04/2015 at 16:14:48
73+ EPL appearances 23 goals 12 assists. 15 EPL appearances this season yielding 5 goals and 1 assist.

Lennon: this season 7 appearances in EPL for Everton and 2 goals, career at Tottenham over 226 appearances and 26 goals.

Mirallas has almost the same number of EPL goals in about one third of the games and yet people want him gone?

Trevor Peers
34 Posted 17/04/2015 at 16:48:56
Jim the player himself wants to leave heÂ’s stated that publicly and it shows also by his body language on the field. Is there any point in keeping an unhappy player ? ItÂ’s not the fanÂ’s who want him gone. He wants to play for a CL club.
Harold Matthews
35 Posted 17/04/2015 at 16:47:07
He can be very frustrating but IÂ’d sooner be with him than without him.
Eddie Dunn
36 Posted 17/04/2015 at 17:13:31
I hope we donÂ’t have another summer where we let players leave and then have a big wait while nothing happens, and all our targets go elsewhere, and we get told that there is no rush to spend... there is always January.

So If Kev goes, I hope we have his replacement in first (perhaps we already have).

Eddie Dunn
37 Posted 17/04/2015 at 17:29:13
Bolasie has only scored 4 league goals in 28 appearances this season. One against us, and 3 against Sunderland. How does that equate to a 㿀 mill player Mr Pardew?

Harold, heÂ’s been in London for 3 years this summer so perhaps he might like a change?

Jamie Barlow
38 Posted 17/04/2015 at 17:43:39
Eddie, heÂ’s only scored 3 more in his previous 72 games. He has a fair few assists but sounds like Pardew is talking out of his arse again.
Colin Glassar
39 Posted 17/04/2015 at 18:09:21
Eddie (#20), spot on. Unfortunately some donÂ’t want to see his lack of commitment, or effort, but prefer to put the blame on the usual scapegoat.

Like you said, he struggled to deliver (on a regular basis) under OFM and he continues to do so under the present incumbent.

Sam Hoare
40 Posted 17/04/2015 at 18:36:02
Colin, how can you say he has struggled to deliver when he scores roughly once every 3 games. If thatÂ’s struggling IÂ’d hate to hear what you say about the rest of our midfielders!!
Andy Meighan
41 Posted 17/04/2015 at 18:28:19
You bastard, Christian (#23) – you stole my thunder there. I was about to post: I’d love to be the meat in a Scherzinger Brooke sandwich but it sure as hell ain’t gonna happen anyway. This smacks of no-one has been linked with Super Kev or at least no Champions League club (yawn) so the Spaniard is putting his spin on it. Personally, I think we’re no better with him, no better without him. Not too bothered if he stays or goes.
Mark Frere
42 Posted 17/04/2015 at 19:09:26
HeÂ’s our most naturally gifted player and on his day unplayable. Can be sulky, can be frustrating and is a little bit on the fragile side, always picks up niggly injuries.

The real issue is whether he actually wants to stay here. ItÂ’s great news that we actually have the option to extend his contract for another year because that keeps his market value much higher. ItÂ’s time for Mirallas to make a decision on his future, if heÂ’s not willing to sign a new contract in the summer then we should cash in on him while we can get still get a large transfer fee.

I rate Kevin as a player and if he signs a new contract, knuckles down and sorts out his attitude, I would love him here next season. A player of his ability, adds flair, goals and assists - thatÂ’s something that is in short supply in our squad.

Plato Stavrinos
43 Posted 17/04/2015 at 19:19:34
He is way better than the overrated Lennon.
Colin Glassar
44 Posted 17/04/2015 at 19:20:17
Maybe IÂ’m being harsh on him, Sam, but if he combined an improved attitude with his obvious talent, then IÂ’d become a fan. If he really wants to stay at Everton and knuckle down and drop the strop, then IÂ’ll back him.
Mark Frere
45 Posted 17/04/2015 at 19:28:01
I really donÂ’t know what to make of this comment from Martinez:

"When you are a foreign player — and I know because I have been in that situation — and you do an interview with someone from your nation and all they do is ask you about playing in the best competitions."

Yes Roberto, IÂ’m sure the Spanish press were asking you about playing in the Champions League when plying your trade for Wigan in the lower leagues or in the SPL with Motherwell.

Brin Williams
46 Posted 17/04/2015 at 19:35:07
Â’Roberto Martinez has moved again to dampen speculation linking Kevin Mirallas with a summer move away from Goodison Park by insisting that Everton can match the BelgianÂ’s ambitions.Â’

So, what exactly do we think are his ambitions?

Answers on a 2nd class stamp.

Gavin Johnson
47 Posted 17/04/2015 at 19:31:52
I totally agree with your post, Colin. ThereÂ’s been talk of complacency in the camp this week and I suspect our Belgium was one of the chief offenders. On his day, heÂ’s one of the most talented players in the team. When he doesnÂ’t turn up heÂ’s a shadow of the player who came on against West Ham in the FA Cup and scored a spectacular goal against Spurs. He is also injured half of the time so unless he shapes up, let's stop pandering to him and cash in.

Perisic isnÂ’t playing all the time at Wolfsburg. How about a straight swap, now that would be good business.

I still think heÂ’ll head for Spurs and if weÂ’ll get around ٢M cash and Lennon. While Lennon might not have the innate ability of Mirallas, heÂ’s a more consistent performer and weÂ’ll have more cash in the pot to buy another winger.

Sam Hoare
49 Posted 17/04/2015 at 20:05:18
Colin, I agree that his attitude does him no favours and I donÂ’t want anyone here who wants to be somewhere else and shows it but... I do think it's unfair to ignore his contribution. Despite his sulking and inconsistency, his return in terms of goals and assists is impressive, especially given how little the rest of our midfield provides.
Kunal Desai
50 Posted 17/04/2015 at 20:51:37
He is keen to keep him but he wonÂ’t keep. As for Bolasie he is staying iin London. Everton havenÂ’t got a cat in hells chance of getting him in any case.
James Flynn
51 Posted 17/04/2015 at 20:59:28
I think heÂ’ll re-sign. The CL question stuff is a tempest in the tiniest of teapots. The usual non-question answered in the usual non-answer way.

HeÂ’s been badly injured this season. ThatÂ’s what restricted his time on the pitch. Nothing else.

If we MUST make him "complacent and want away?", my guess would be he saw all the contract extensions delivered left and right, but not to him. CanÂ’t hold that against him.

I think heÂ’ll re-sign.

Trevor Lynes
52 Posted 17/04/2015 at 21:54:19
Mirallas has probably scored more goals than the bulk of our midfielders put together. The game is all about scoring goals and he and Lukaku are the ones who have provided them. Apart from Naismith, who else scores? Jags has outscored our midfielders this season.

Losing Mirallas is like losing half of our teamÂ’s teeth. Most of the rest are toothless in any case. Mirallas has pace and knows where the goal is and we desperately need to hold on to players like him.

We are talking of signing Ameobi and Cleverley, neither of whom are goal scorers. Why donÂ’t the knockers look at the goal tally of our Belgians since they came and see their value in a side that is punchless without them.

Dean Adams
53 Posted 17/04/2015 at 22:14:22
Mirallas is one of our best players. It would be madness to let him leave.
Harold Matthews
54 Posted 17/04/2015 at 23:08:37
Sam, I donÂ’t care what his label states, as far as IÂ’m concerned, heÂ’s definitely not a midfielder.
Colin Oakes
55 Posted 18/04/2015 at 00:50:47
Show pony... let him go to whoever stumps up the most money and spend it on reinforcements.
Gavin Johnson
56 Posted 18/04/2015 at 00:43:06
As Sam says, Mirallas has made a contribution when heÂ’s been fit. That said, IÂ’ve never warmed to the guy in the same way as when we had the likes of Arteta and Cahill.

From day one, heÂ’s always given me the impression that he thinks we should be lucky to have him. When itÂ’s the other way round and heÂ’s lucky to be wearing the shirt. This is something heÂ’ll realise if he leaves.

Jermaine Jennings
57 Posted 18/04/2015 at 06:00:27
Guys, Lennon is busting his balls for a contract and why most of you would want him permanently is a mystery. He wonÂ’t play nowhere near as good if we buy him. He isnÂ’t good enough for us, he is the type of winger we need but not him.

If RM buys him, I would be really pissed off, heÂ’s fallen for it, if he does.

Steven Telford
58 Posted 18/04/2015 at 06:59:44
If somebody quoted him out of context, I believe his English is good enough to personally correct that. He could have made a follow up statement himself.

Why does Martinez need "to think" anything. Ask him, and let him say if he wants out or not.

Amit Vithlani
59 Posted 18/04/2015 at 09:07:57
Why do we have to match Mirallas's ambitions? He is a talented but erratic player who has never been consistent. He is 27 which is the age most players are at their peak and yet I cannot say that he has been our best player in all of the time he has been here (has he ever been voted our Player of the Season?).

Stevie P and Arteta were much more consistent and during their pomp were the talismans of the team. Baines took over that mantle after they left, and Johnny Stones seems to have the potential to succeed him.

It saddens me how low we have sunk in having to pander to the likes of Mirallas. It is of course the way of the modern game and I hold Martinez blameless as he is simply trying to keep the core of the squad together in an era where footballers and their agents hold all the cards.

However, this cannot disguise the fact that Mirallas has never been consistent enough to justify the arrogance with which he is demanding that the club matches his ambitions. The fact that he is being linked to Spurs – and has not, at 27, played for Europe’s elite – supports this notion.

Tim Greeley
60 Posted 18/04/2015 at 12:28:11
I'm bringing back my one-man BMB campaign to Buy More Belgians. And keep them.

Super Kev probably burned his bridge with a number of fans through the penalty kick debacle but I am not one of them. It just happened at the worst possible time but, in retrospect, it was not the capitol crime many accused him of.

Next year will be special and we need all of our talent. Super Kev – numba wun!

Jamie Barlow
61 Posted 18/04/2015 at 18:22:58
Today is an example of why we need the likes of Mirallas. He might be inconsistent but even if he or the team are having a mare, he scores goals.

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