Tuesday 25 October 2016

Martinez dismisses rumours of Mirallas being 'unhappy' at club

Everton's Kevin Mirallas
Everton's Kevin Mirallas

Roberto Martinez has dismissed suggestions Everton forward Kevin Mirallas is unhappy at Goodison Park.

The 28-year-old has not started a league game for the Toffees since the opening-weekend draw with Watford and reports this week hinted he could look elsewhere for more regular football in order to boost his quest to make Belgium's Euro 2016 squad.

Mirallas moved to Merseyside in 2012 and in the summer he signed a new contract to keep him at the club until 2018 having scored 11 times last year.

Martinez insists the forward remains an integral part of his plans and predicts he will have a big impact for Everton in the coming months.

"It couldn't be further from the truth," Martinez said of the notion Mirallas was unhappy.

"Kevin has been a very, very important player while I've been at the football club. The start of this season has been challenging for him because he had a couple of niggles then he had the sending-off so wasn't available for three games. But the way that he's been working in training has been very impressive.

"He's improved as a footballer and it's important for us that Kevin is fresher now going into the second half of the season and we'll get the benefit from that."

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