With his contract set to move into what would be its final year unless the Blues elect to take up the option of extending it by another 12 months, the Belgian has been the subject of plenty of speculation about this future in recent weeks.
Links to a potential move to La Liga or to London with West Ham or Tottenham have all surfaced in the press, while much was made of comments he made to Belgian media earlier this year where he restated his desire for Champions League football.
If Mirallas's celebration after scoring the only goal against Burnley the weekend before last was a nod towards that media chatter about his future, however, he lent further weight to it in an interview after Sunday's impressive win over Manchester United.
The 28 year-old scored the third goal in the 3-0 victory and while this time his celebration was aimed at his family watching on in the stands, it was his post-match comments that suggested he is on no rush to leave Goodison Park.
""I think it was our best performance of the season.," he said. "For me, it's good to score in both of the last two games but the most important thing for me is that the team has won the two games.
"I was very happy because my family is here my baby is here.
"There was a lot of paper talk about my future last week but I am very happy here and I see next season [playing in] the same shirt I think."
Mirallas has battled minor injuries since December that have restricted his playing time but he is the Blues' second-highest goal scorer this season with 11 goals, seven behind compatriot Romelu Lukaku.
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1 Posted 28/04/2015 at 18:58:49
2 Posted 28/04/2015 at 19:07:51
3 Posted 28/04/2015 at 19:07:51
4 Posted 28/04/2015 at 19:08:16
A brilliant player on his day. Our one genuine creative forward who is capable of something magical. Frustrating, too (at times) when because of his forward momentum and style of play he can be seen to drift out of games.
Always love to see him in the starting 11 even if he rarely makes it to Â90. He can change a game in the blink of an eye and think just how great his goal return would have been this season without the lay-offs.
ItÂs so important to have him with us next season.
5 Posted 28/04/2015 at 19:09:31
6 Posted 28/04/2015 at 19:19:47
7 Posted 28/04/2015 at 19:17:22
All talk at the moment. WeÂll see in the summer.
8 Posted 28/04/2015 at 19:15:41
But if his heartÂs back into playing for the Blues, thatÂs good news. His main asset is scoring goals. He can make a valuable contribution next season. Stay injury-free, Kev; good luck for next season!
9 Posted 28/04/2015 at 19:29:22
Being a bit of a cynic, I wonder if this change in attitude is, perhaps, down to a lack of interest shown from ÂCL teamsÂ?
10 Posted 28/04/2015 at 19:35:29
11 Posted 28/04/2015 at 19:44:32
12 Posted 28/04/2015 at 19:57:20
We just arenÂt a club who can write off a significant value for an established international, who whilst isnÂt as good as he, or some on here think he is, but is still a useful member of the squad. He would still only be 28 and in his prime and to allow him to run down his contract and get nothing would be criminal.
In my mind, he either signs up to a longer contract or we cash in for a reasonable pay day in the summer. The size of any potential fee would dictate which option IÂd prefer. More than 㾸m and sell to reinvest, less than that and give him a four year deal (3 year extension till heÂs 31).
Cold hearted and pragmatic Â– oh yes Â– the only way to be in our current financial position.
13 Posted 28/04/2015 at 19:58:16
IÂm really pleased that RM is allowing Ross Barkley to play in his best position too, I personally thought he was very good against United. The big worry is replacing DistinÂs role (why not Browning who seems a perfect fit for me) and keeping the magnificent Stones and McArthey long term. Van Gaal must have been absolutely impressed with them and they are desperate to strengthen those two positions. Stones is also a big advantage under FFP but how about McCarthy whoÂs from Southern Iron I think?
Everton had De Gea bamboozled Saturday, he just didnÂt know when to stay or come out. That was the quality of Evertons attacking play and never mind possession which is irrelevant now and which always seems to be our enemy.
Oh yes, please find the money for Aaron Lennon, he is made for us.
IÂve shifted back to giving Martinez my support but that interview after the United game was Wow, the most phenomenal yet.
14 Posted 28/04/2015 at 20:06:52
15 Posted 28/04/2015 at 20:28:41
I think he has found his level with us. Doubt any of the "big hitters" will be interested in him. So far, Spurs are the only team sniffing round and they are hardly a step up so he is better off where he is.
16 Posted 28/04/2015 at 20:38:10
I would like to keep him and sign Deulofeu and Lennon. If not possible, then would sell him at his prime to buy other two. (I suspect their wages combined would not amount to more than KM will demand.)
17 Posted 28/04/2015 at 20:30:25
The only criticism I would have is, pass the ball to your team mates a bit more.
Wish Barkley possessed some of KevinÂs swagger, arrogance, call it what you like.
18 Posted 28/04/2015 at 21:16:27
Wingers get criticized for drifting out of games or for being greedy but nearly all in the prem seem to have reliability or end product issues bar Hazard and Sanchez.
I do however agree with you that his turnaround maybe due to no Champions League interest but I like ambition in our players, I only wish our board shared Kevins vision. If we sold him we would get less than 㾶 million yet hes been probably our most important player for the last few seasons whereas Ross is apparently worth over 㿔 million and contributes little in terms of goals and assists.
19 Posted 28/04/2015 at 21:30:52
21 Posted 28/04/2015 at 22:27:06
22 Posted 28/04/2015 at 22:30:07
23 Posted 28/04/2015 at 22:30:50
24 Posted 28/04/2015 at 22:41:08
25 Posted 28/04/2015 at 22:55:32
Maybe Lennon coming along on loan has shocked him. Since Lennon has been quality, tracks back (something Mirallas does not do enough of). And has basically been a revelation and yet he cannot even get into the spurs team. Mirallas afterall said first team football is what he wants more than anything. He knows now that he might be a bench warmer at teams with money.
Having said that, Mirallas is quality. And I would rather him stay to run down his contract than for him to leave for 7m. Having him and Lennon on either wing would be great for next season.
26 Posted 28/04/2015 at 23:51:03
27 Posted 29/04/2015 at 00:25:46
Kanchelskis is my favorite player of all time and Kev reminds me of him. I wasnÂt offended when he said he wanted to play Champions League, doesnÂt every player? I want every Everton player to want to play CL!!
28 Posted 29/04/2015 at 00:33:42
30 Posted 29/04/2015 at 01:32:18
Take a hike!!! Overrated and underachieved!! Pain in the ass.
31 Posted 29/04/2015 at 01:48:40
HeÂs arrogant, yes, but IÂd rather judge him as a footballer than weigh him up as a potential best mate.
32 Posted 29/04/2015 at 01:32:40
Because Distin is left CB and Browning RB/right CB. We should replace like with like not right pegs in left holes.
33 Posted 29/04/2015 at 03:09:49
I was also shocked when I discovered heÂd scored 11 this season. Pretty impressive considering heÂs injured half of the time.
34 Posted 29/04/2015 at 03:23:14
36 Posted 29/04/2015 at 05:42:54
I agree, the lack of interest from CL clubs may be a contributing factor in his latest pronouncement, but if so, maybe it has taught him a little humility and made him realise just where he is well off. Better to be a big time player for us than a bench warmer elsewhere, unless all he wants is the money. That, however, would show a lack of professional ambition, something I believe he is not short of.
So, maybe heÂs weighed up his options and thought things through logically and if so, and he has made peace with himself, we may just find a ÂnewÂ Kevin Mirallas in there with a better, more positive attitude for the remainder of this season and the start of the new one. We all want CL football, Kevin, so stay where youÂre well off and appreciated, and help Everton to achieve that dream.
37 Posted 29/04/2015 at 06:22:23
However, he is no Messi, so I doubt he would ever get a move to any of the better CL teams. Maybe he has begun to realise where the grass is really greener...
38 Posted 29/04/2015 at 08:46:17
Well said, sir!
39 Posted 29/04/2015 at 08:57:30
40 Posted 29/04/2015 at 09:10:02
41 Posted 29/04/2015 at 09:16:25
Lennon in, wouldnÂt mind Charlie Austin in, would love Deulofeu in (donÂt think it will happen) sell Kone, Distin released, Pienaar released and get Garbutt on a decent contract! Keep everyone else in the first team squad.
42 Posted 29/04/2015 at 09:42:02
43 Posted 29/04/2015 at 09:58:14
Even though we know heÂs finished now, I still think itÂs been a sad way for him to bow out of his Everton career after 6 years.
It would be nice to even see him for the final 5/10 minutes on the last day and give the guy a proper send-off.
44 Posted 29/04/2015 at 10:20:13
45 Posted 29/04/2015 at 10:39:49
Like some others above, IÂd be curious to see him get a run out as a second striker. Would definitely add more goal threat than Barkley. Otherwise to have Lennon and Mirallas on the wings gives us great counter-attacking threat so long as we continue to persevere with this current more direct style to utilise that pace.
I also see that we are linked to Januzaj again today who is quite a Mirallas-esque player.
46 Posted 29/04/2015 at 10:45:28
Mirallas, sell him and get a decent price; one good game in three, maybe, is not worth the trouble in my opinion. Best to let him go, heÂs had enough chances; consistency is not part of his outlook.
47 Posted 29/04/2015 at 10:57:42
48 Posted 29/04/2015 at 10:59:38
49 Posted 29/04/2015 at 11:00:29
I honestly canÂt fathom how anyone can be of that mindset. If you canÂt see the quality Pienaar brings to the side, then I honestly donÂt think you understand football. I donÂt say that as a gratuitous personal insult to you. I simply canÂt come to any other conclusion.
50 Posted 29/04/2015 at 11:07:02
A lot has been made of his Champions League comment; well, if a journalist asks "Do you want to play in the Champions League?" Â– what are you supposed to say? "No, I donÂt"? He has said he wants to stay and I hope RM sees the light and offers him a new contract and starts playing him to make him feel like he is important to the team.
51 Posted 29/04/2015 at 11:19:43
52 Posted 29/04/2015 at 11:17:13
A club with our limited resources should not be casually discarding a maverick talent like KM and the assists and goals he brings to the team.
People took umbrage at a quote in a newspaper. Yer know ... those rags written by toss pot journalist so many on TW seeth about?
IÂve seen more than one video interview with Kevin where he has been extremely funny, with a twinkle in his eye. HeÂll do for me.
But then ... he does have a gold Bentley ... what a tosser, eh...?
53 Posted 29/04/2015 at 11:19:30
I think the language barrier may have made Kevin appear disaffected; these foreign players arenÂt 100% literate in English and can come over the wrong way. We have looked after Kevin throughout his injury problems and he should feel this is his home; it just needs him to scrawl that signature to make everyone happy.
54 Posted 29/04/2015 at 11:24:05
Mirallas is not a consistently good player IMO but, if you like him, thatÂs fair enough, heÂs a very good player... ON HIS DAY, just not often enough.
By the way, heÂs scored 28 goals in a 101 appearances for Everton. I cheated, I looked that up!!!
55 Posted 29/04/2015 at 11:32:21
56 Posted 29/04/2015 at 08:41:45
I donÂt buy the Champions League and big ambition business. As a recently retired pro stated only last week. "DonÂt kid yourself. ItÂs all about money. ItÂs always all about money."
57 Posted 29/04/2015 at 13:03:53
Thinks he is far better than he really is.
We have the same conversation at the game every time we mention him, great players get involved and change games whereas he is happy to sit on the wing scratching his plums waiting for the play to come to him.
58 Posted 29/04/2015 at 13:18:16
We need to add to the squad for an assault on the top 4 next season and not diminish it by getting shot of one of our only goal threats.
Keep what we have, add Lennon, a central defender, a playmaker and another striker and thereÂs a good squad lurking.
59 Posted 29/04/2015 at 15:10:10
60 Posted 29/04/2015 at 15:25:17
Mirallas is injury-prone Â– hence why Arsenal never took him.
61 Posted 29/04/2015 at 16:06:05
62 Posted 29/04/2015 at 16:22:37
His goals-to-minutes ratio is pretty good for a wide player. He is better than Lennon and Naismith and most other wide players in the league. He gets hurt on the pitch playing, not doing something selfish and stupid. People might not like his lack of always tracking back, but if that is the playerÂs style then a good manager can account for it. Never see Baines or Jags or Barry yelling or gesturing for him to get back like they do for Barkley.
The arrogance and selfishness in this are the people who want to offload a player who admits he wants to play in the CL. What player wouldnÂt? Instead of slagging off the guy who has ambition, the criticism should be directed at the people who donÂt, namely the Board.
Personally, I would like to see him stay as I think he is more important to EvertonÂs success than most do. If he goes, I canÂt begrudge him and will wish him success.
Nightmare scenario for Everton fans would be he goes to West Ham (about to become a bigger club financially than us with a new stadium) and joins Moyes there (if the rumours are true).
63 Posted 29/04/2015 at 16:52:19
64 Posted 29/04/2015 at 17:19:45
Roberto’s insistence on possession football may have been driving him insane like the rest of us until he saw the light.
I donÂt consider him good enough to play at the very highest level of the CL so his ambitions were misguided to say the least.
65 Posted 29/04/2015 at 17:56:52
Players have contracts, they honour them up to a year left, and then get sold Â– it suits player and club and thatÂs why the Bosman rule exists.
As for his desire to play Champions League football, I donÂt see any problem with ambition, and there are plenty of teams in the CL, not just Barcelona and Bayern, Madrid etc. There are loads of second-tier teams in the CL that would take him.
66 Posted 29/04/2015 at 18:05:33
Marvellous stuff there young man. I see you have the same keen eye for a tallented player as I. Let's hope the lad stays and we achieve that dream of his, to play in the Champions League.
67 Posted 29/04/2015 at 20:38:41
68 Posted 30/04/2015 at 04:40:50
69 Posted 30/04/2015 at 23:27:28
70 Posted 02/05/2015 at 08:39:01
71 Posted 02/05/2015 at 19:52:52
72 Posted 04/05/2015 at 11:38:47
There are games were he is our most creative player on the pitch, and then other times when he is totally anonymous.
All the paper speculation, and that infamous penalty miss seem to have been a distraction for him. He needs to refocus for next season. I believe he can add to our goal tally, and provide numerous assists.
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