Mirallas casts doubt on long-term Everton future

Everton winger Kevin Mirallas has revealed there were clubs interested in signing him in the January transfer window and hinted he could look to leave Goodison Park in the near future as he looks to play in the Champions League, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Mirallas, speaking to Belgian publication La Capitale on the eve of the Merseyside derby, to be played at Goodison on Saturday, confirmed that Atletico Madrid, La Liga champions and last season’s Champions League runners-up, attempted to engineer a transfer last month, while Tottenham Hotspur are also named as suitors of the former Olympiakos forward.

“There have been offers and inquiries, but no real negotiations,” revealed Mirallas. “January isn’t the ideal month for a transfer. I have never said I absolutely want to leave Everton. I like it over here, but I feel ready for a new challenge. I dream of playing in the Champions League next season, with Everton or with another club. I just have to see after the season.

“Don’t forget, the 2015 Europa League winners will qualify for the following season’s Champions League,” Mirallas pointed out. “I’ll make a decision after the season. I like the Premier League, but Spain also tempts me. Atletico Madrid have inquired, but there was no offer.”

Everton are in this season’s Europa League and meet Swiss outfit Young Boys in the Round of 32, when the competition resumes in February. Everton qualified for the knockout round as winners of Group H, finishing ahead of Wolfsburg, Krasnodar and Lille, while Young Boys were second in Group I, behind Napoli but in front of Sparta Prague and Slovan Bratislava.

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