Everton manager Roberto Martinez has told the Liverpool Echo that he feels Kevin Mirallas is vital to his plans for next season.
The Toffees manager has suggested that Mirallas was quoted out of context when he said he wanted to play in the Champions League and has challenged the Belgian to continue improving as a player at Goodison Park.
“Absolutely (part of the plans for next season) - He is a player I really love working with and he still has a lot to offer,” said Martinez.
“I think those comments were taken out of context - He is ambitious and we are an ambitious football club and so that is a very good match.”
Mirallas is a very important player for Everton predominantly for the versatility that he offers.
He has the ability to play down either side of midfield, but also has the talent to play centrally through the middle of Everton’s attack.
The Daily Telegraph recently reported that Tottenham Hotspur were keen on moving for the Belgian, but if they look to revitalise that interest in the summer then they could be disappointed yet again.
It’s also a move, based on Mirallas’ Champions League comments, which wouldn’t make any sense with Spurs not close to securing a place in the top four this season.
The player and the manager just have to focus on their job at Everton and ensuring that the Toffees end the season well, compete effectively in the transfer market this summer and then start the 2015/2016 campaign with a bang.