Everton latest: Moyes plays down reunion with Toffees

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Ex-Everton manager David Moyes faces his former side tonight, but has tried to play down the situation by stating that he is Manchester United manager, and can't place too much emphasis on his 11 year spell at Goodison Park – despite the success he achieved after moving from Preston North End in 2002.

“I don’t think anyone would have turned it [the Manchester United job] down. The opportunity was too big. Obviously I have fond memories. You don’t just throw 11 years away. But I have had to divorce myself from it. United is my team now and all my concentration has been on them.”

The return has added spice as Moyes' replacement, Roberto Martinez, has guided the Toffees to a higher position in the table than Moyes has at United, and one of his key players this season has seen his contributions noted. Striker Romelu Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea, was the runner up in the 2013 Golden Boy voting. Lukaku was only beaten by Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, but Lukaku saw off some stern competition to finish in second place.

Away from Goodison Park, midfielder John Lundstram scored his first league goal for Yeovil Town after signing on loan from Everton. The 19 year old scored the winner as Yeovil saw off Blackpool 1-0, and the youngster was understandably delighted to have found the back of the net.

"It was fantastic to score my first league goal. I just snatched at it really and thankfully it's found the bottom corner. I couldn't have asked for a better start - two wins, one assist and a goal. I couldn't have dreamt of that, but the team winning is the most important thing."

And now to one of the more bizarre stories of the week, as former Toffees midfielder Thomas Gravesen is now reportedly worth over £80m! No, not in the transfer market. Gravesen used his earnings from his career to invest in a number of businesses, and now lives in Las Vegas with model girlfriend Kamila Persse. Gravesen is still only 37, but is making a mockery of the notion that footballers struggle to cope with life after retirement.

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