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Mirallas very happy at Goodison

by | 18/04/2015  Comments (28)  jump

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Kevin Mirallas has restated his desire to wait until the summer before deciding his future but he insists he is "confident" and happy playing for Everton.

The Belgian marked his return to the starting XI following injury with the only goal as the Blues beat Burnley to take their unbeaten run to five matches and he celebrated with a nod to the media chatter over his future.

Mirallas will have a year left on his current contract when the season ends, although Everton have the option to extend it by another year, but negotiations over a new deal have been shelved until the summer.

That delay, combined with the 27-year-old's admission that he wants Champions League football, has led to talk of him leaving Goodison Park when the transfer window opens but he rejects the notion that he is unhappy with Everton.

"A lot of people talk about my future, he said in a post-match interview with Sky Sports, "but I like to play for Everton and finish the season in the best form."

"After that I will talk with my partner (agent?), with my president and with my manager.

"But I am confident here. I'm very happy to play for Everton."

Mirallas has been linked with moves to West Ham and Tottenham in recent weeks, neither of which will be able to provide him with Champions League football, but privately he harbours dreams of playing in Spain.  

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Liam Reilly
1 Posted 18/04/2015 at 19:54:48
On his day, a very good player although arguably we should see more of them.

I hope he stays and IÂ’ve no problem with any player with ambition.

Gavin Johnson
2 Posted 18/04/2015 at 20:08:54
He did today, what we all know he can do. I think heÂ’ll be silly if he moves. If he harbours Champions League dreams in the elite leagues, heÂ’ll be fortunate if he one of those clubs come in for him. If they do, I think heÂ’ll have problems cementing a first team place just based on his injury record.

If he gets injured at a club like Atletico Madrid, he isnÂ’t going to walk back into the team like he has done with us the last couple of seasons. That even goes for a club like Spurs who have more wingers than most at there disposal.

If he signs a contract extension, IÂ’ll be happy... If he doesnÂ’t, weÂ’ll get a decent wedge and buy someone else.

Colin Glassar
3 Posted 18/04/2015 at 20:27:47
Has his agent had a word in his ear? "Kevin, not one single callsfrom ze beeg teams, lad!"
David Hallwood
4 Posted 18/04/2015 at 20:50:50
Nice one Colin; Mirallas & Lukaku should start playing ordinary football consistently, and then maybe theyÂ’ll get CL football, who knows, with the team theyÂ’re playing the ordinary football with.
Dan McKie
6 Posted 18/04/2015 at 21:15:45
He is still one of, if not our best player. Who else have we got that can produce a little bit of magic out of nothing. We are still waiting for Barkley to produce anything and IÂ’m beginning to think we will be waiting a long time. After that, itÂ’s probably Pienaar, but age is catching up with him. The rest of our midfield are work horses.
Paul Hewitt
7 Posted 18/04/2015 at 22:13:01
Then sign a new contract.
James Flynn
8 Posted 19/04/2015 at 00:06:41
Oh for goodness sake, Mirallas has never once said he wanted to leave.

HeÂ’s a 27-year-old attacker whoÂ’ll have one year left on his contract. Spurs arenÂ’t going to offer him much more money than Everton can. He just wants his next contract settled.

Here, if you were him and saw all the money thrown at veterans on the downward slope, how would you feel? I still say heÂ’ll re-sign.

Now, heÂ’ll still own a Bentley thatÂ’s painted gold. That selfish, twatish, gold Bentley owning, um, something negative. Wait, I got it! That Belgian!!

I say he works out a contract and weÂ’ll see him next season in Royal Blue. And IÂ’ll be happy, despite the color of the car he drives.

Minik Hansen
9 Posted 19/04/2015 at 01:02:22
The club mustÂ’ve told him weÂ’re gonna spend big this summer! Fingers crossed. Great players attract great players. COYB.
Tim Greeley
10 Posted 19/04/2015 at 01:33:34
Super Kev - my man!

A happy Belgian is a scoring Belgian.

Steve Brown
11 Posted 19/04/2015 at 05:16:24
When he talks to his agent, heÂ’ll hear those terrible world "beeg Sam fancies you."
Harold Matthews
12 Posted 19/04/2015 at 06:18:37
Decent player but I don’t like the man.
John Gee
13 Posted 19/04/2015 at 07:30:04
He looked dead happy when he scored.
David Holroyd
14 Posted 19/04/2015 at 09:20:27
He is a good player but thatÂ’s all good. He can turn it on but those days are few and far between. With there being not much money in todayÂ’s terms, he is a player we could get a good wedge for. Also, he has been here a while and he still cannot play many games before he gets injured. Sell.
James Marshall
15 Posted 19/04/2015 at 11:24:29
We should keep him, because heÂ’s one of very few players we have who can turn a game and make things happen from midfield. Lennon and Mirallas are the only ones who have that ability (Pienaar when fit maybe) to my mind.

He’s arrogant and I like that in a player – Ross Barkley would do well to take notice of the arrogance and self-confidence Mirallas displays.

Colin Glassar
16 Posted 19/04/2015 at 11:43:26
If Spurs want to swap him for Lennon plus ٥M IÂ’d take that any day.
Lewis Barclay
17 Posted 19/04/2015 at 11:44:21
Mirallas shows moments of brilliance but goes to ground too often and too easily, canÂ’t play 90 minutes in the Premier League and seems to get injured regularly. I think, for the right money, we should cash in.

Maybe someone should tell him about what happened with Pienaar a few years back?

Minik Hansen
18 Posted 19/04/2015 at 13:05:29
James Marshall, about arrogance – Kone lacks a bit of that. When there is a shooting opportunity, either he tries to dribble and then tries to shoot, or gives it to another player in a half-shooting position.
Steve Harris
19 Posted 19/04/2015 at 19:18:23
What Mirallas needs, and what we all need, is a decent manager who actually knows how to play a system that gets the best out of not only him, but everybody else as well, not some clueless fraud who shows every week just how out of his depth he is. Surely nobody has been fooled by a decent run of results but still dull, dreadful football... have they???
Harold Matthews
20 Posted 19/04/2015 at 20:48:05
Minik. I think you have to take the rough with the smooth when watching Kone. HeÂ’s not a natural goal-scorer like Mirallas, Naismith or Lukaku but he did play a vital part in last weekÂ’s Lennon goal and yesterdayÂ’s Mirallas goal.
Mark Andersson
21 Posted 20/04/2015 at 05:19:13
Lewis, according to some on here, none of our players can last 90 minutes.

Arrogance is something you're born with, Ross does not believe in himself enough to be the hyped player heÂ’s been portrayed as.

Richard Lyons
22 Posted 20/04/2015 at 15:34:38
Does anyone know the meaning of the "mouthy-mouthy" hand gesture he made when he scored?
Max Wilson
23 Posted 20/04/2015 at 16:20:08
L.Barclay above seems closest to reality and his warning of being careful what you wish for is true of the "big clubs". We deserve some loyalty from Kev because he has been praised and appreciated by us fans and while his frequent injuries have been inconvenient, the club has done everything possible to help him each time. Loyalty should cut both ways and we fans have been dissapointed when he has appeared not to appreciate this.
Nicholas Ryan
24 Posted 20/04/2015 at 23:01:10
Dear Kevin,

Real Madrid and Barcelona wonÂ’t buy you, because youÂ’re not good enough.

Which bit of that, donÂ’t you understand?

Michael Winstanley
25 Posted 21/04/2015 at 00:02:58
Neither Moyes or Martinez consider him the type to last 90 mins, I donÂ’t know that stats but he gets hooked more than most.

HeÂ’s a luxury and if heÂ’s not at it then heÂ’s not worth being on the pitch. IÂ’ve always hoped Kev would Â’get itÂ’ as he aged but I donÂ’t see it happening yet. IÂ’m not sure what his wages are but I would like to think we could do better.

Trevor Lynes
26 Posted 21/04/2015 at 22:30:36
FFS, none of the attacking midfielders can last 90 minutes but, if he can score double figures despite missing a few games, he will do for me. Talk of getting a good wedge for him sounds like someone from our board of directors.

I am a fan who wants to see my team win every game and play well. I am not in the least interested in selling one of our prize assets then see the profit made vanish into the BK treasure chest. We never spend more than we take and the board do not invest themselves.

BK does not want to sell, he wants an outsider to invest money that he will not himself and that goÂ’s for the rest of this pathetic board. Managers at Goodison are just there to take the brickbats that the board should be fielding. Well-paid punch bags IMO.

We will not get an adequate replacement for Mirallas if he is sold. What we really need above all others is a top play maker who can provide goal scoring opportunities. The best we have had in recent years has been Baines of all people. Our midfielders are basically mediocre with no one coming through from the academy except defenders.

Chris Jones
27 Posted 21/04/2015 at 23:36:22
Telegraph reckon a swap with LennonÂ’s a done deal:


Graham Roberts
28 Posted 22/04/2015 at 19:28:06
To answer RichardÂ’s (#22) question, the hand gesture means Â’shut the fuck upÂ’. At least it does in the northern French city of Lille (where I live and where Mirallas once played), so it must mean the same thing in Belgium. I thought it was a universal gesture, but IÂ’ve lived so long away from the UK that IÂ’m not sure any more.

Agree with Minik (#18) that Kone should be a bit more arrogant. Fingers crossed youÂ’re right (#9).

Also agree with Trevor (#26) that we (desperately) need players who can score 10+ goals a season. COYB

Tim Michael
29 Posted 24/04/2015 at 18:40:52
The game against Burnley just about summed up Kevin Mirallas. Scored a goal (after a hash of a first attempt), made a cowardly tackle that he should have been sent off for, stupid showboating flick when we were in a promising position then subbed bang on 60 mins (as I predicted at the start of the game). ThatÂ’s Kev all over. You get good and bad out of him.

To be honest, I think heÂ’s become lazy and that probably due to a degree of disenchantment with his role at EFC. During the Southampton game, Martinez withdrew Kone and put on Naisy with 20 mins to go. It was the ideal situation to bring on Mirallas. I think he would have revelled in the centre-forward role in that last quarter of the game especially when opponents were becoming tired.

It's now really down to Kev if he wants to stay. One thing I will say is that if he contributes 10-15 goals in a season, I will put up with our 60-minute man!!!

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