Kevin Mirallas has expressed his sadness that a move back to Olympiakos was thwarted on transfer deadline day.
The 29-year-old was a surprise omission from the matchday squad at Chelsea last week and he was spotted at Manchester airport prior to the game as he prepared to fly to Belgium ahead of the current round of World Cup qualifiers.
Manager Ronald Koeman admitted that he left Mirallas out of the team because of his attitude, a further deterioration in his standing at Goodison Park having played just 13 minutes of action in the first three League games of the season.
Olympiakos, the team from which the Toffees signed Mirallas in 2012, came in with a proposal to take him on loan for the rest of the season, an option that was blocked by Everton who insisted on a sale only. A similar offer from West Ham was also reportedly knocked back last Thursday for a player who only signed a new three-year contract with the Blues in April.
“I really wanted to come to Olympiakos," Mirallas told Belgian news oulet DH, "and we tried our best to find a deal that would suit everyone, including President Vangelis Marinaki who did everything possible and beyond. But Everton turned a deaf ear.
“I am so sad that I have not been home and I hope that will be the case in the near future.
“I would like to thank all Olympiakos supporters for the many messages they sent me. And they must know that I love their club and, as I said before, one day I will come back to them.”