Carlo Ancelotti says ‘unhappy’ players can leave Everton this summer and has slammed the club’s ‘unacceptable’ home defeat to Sheffield United.
Moise Kean this week hinted at his desire to stay at Paris Saint-Germain following a productive loan spell with the club this season, the forward having scored 17 goals in all competitions after struggling during his debut campaign on Merseyside.
Kean’s performances had raised the prospect of the 21-year-old returning to play a part in Ancelotti’s plans for next season, though the Italian says he will not keep any players who are not committed to the club.
“Absolutely not. If he wants to stay at Paris Saint-Germain the only way is to find a deal with Paris Saint-Germain,” Ancelotti said at a pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s clash with Wolves.
“I don’t want to have players here who are unhappy and if there are some players that are not happy to stay here they can ask to leave,” the Everton boss said at his pre-match press conference. “I want to have players that want to stay at Everton and feel part of this project.
“That is for all the players. There is no player I can force to stay here. But I told them this recently. They know. They know. If someone is not happy they have to leave. An unhappy player is not going to be a good part in this project.”
Ancelotti also discussed his side’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United on Sunday, with the club enduring yet another poor performance at home to lose to the already-relegated Blades.
Everton’s hopes of securing European qualification now look in huge doubt following a wretched home record this season, the Toffees having won just five of their 18 league games at Goodison Park with only four teams – three of which have been relegated – having a worse record on home soil.
Ancelotti was critical of his side’s showing and says he hopes to see a reaction when Everton host Wolves on Wednesday evening.
“I don’t want to nominate players but most of them, the commitment for the game was absolutely not good. It was unacceptable because the game was so important. I hope for a reaction tomorrow.”
The Everton boss also discussed tentative speculation linking him with a return to former club Real Madrid, with the 61-year-old mooted as a potential replacement for Zinedine Zidane amid uncertainty over the Frenchman’s future at the Bernabeu.
Whilst Ancelotti admits the links are ‘good publicity’, he reiterated his commitment to Everton and his current project on Merseyside.
“This is good publicity for me to be linked with Real Madrid but it is not true. I am really happy to stay here. We have difficulties, of course, but I feel good at Everton and my target is to make Everton better and better every year.”