Everton Boss Roberto Martinez Wants To Sign Barcelona Starlet Gerard Deulofeu On Permanent Basis

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Everton head coach Roberto Martinez says that he wants on-loan FC Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu to remain at Goodison Park next season, according to reports in the Metro.

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The exciting Spain Under-21 international is currently spending a season-long loan spell with the Merseyside giants, however, the 19-year-old did recently give an interview in which he stated that he wanted to return to the La Liga champions when his loan spell comes to an end this summer.

However, his compatriot and manager has suggested that Deulofeu’s words were mistranslated: “I think he was taken out of context. The interview was on Catalan radio and the question was ‘Would you like to play one day for the Barcelona first team?’

“The answer is going to be, as a Barcelona player who has been there since he was eight, yes because that’s his focus and wish for the future.

“But the interview does not imply he definitely will not remain here next season.

“He never said he’s not enjoying his time at Everton. He has loved the test in the Premier League and being with us.

“We all share the view that nobody will be prouder than every Everton fan, and person connected with Everton, to see Gerard Deulofeu’s career has improved here.

“We’ve benefited from having his talents with us.

“Our agreement with Barcelona was to have him for one season though and that’s where we are.”

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