Bill Kenwright explains why players don’t want to leave Everton

Everton have managed to keep ahold of a number of key players this summer.

Everton were expected to lose a number of key players over the summer transfer window, but chairman Bill Kenwright has explained to the Mirror why players want to stay at Goodison Park.

Kenwright said: “The players, they want to be here. They want to play for Everton. That’s why we can keep them. We have a way of working, a philosophy, and the people at the club, they buy into it.”

The Toffees were facing a mass exodus over the summer, with the likes of John Stones, Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley, Luke Garbutt, James McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas all linked with exits from Merseyside.

The Mirror reported on interest in Barkley from Manchester City, the Mail claimed that Manchester United wanted Coleman. Luke Garbutt did leave the club, but only on loan after signing a new contract amid fears he may exit permanently, and the Liverpool Echo reported that McCarthy was wanted by Spurs, as well as Kevin Mirallas garnering interest from West Ham.

The big transfer saga of the summer was the John Stones to Chelsea move, which saw the Blues make four offers for the defender, which were all swiftly rejected.

The Mirror claim he is set to be offered a new contract to keep him at Goodison Park, but a move to Stamford Bridge is still expected in the future.

However, he remained at the club past the close of the transfer window, and Kenwright believes that all these targets have stayed due to the philosophy of the club. They are not tempted by bigger moves having bought into what the Toffees stand for.

Considering they cannot compete with the biggest teams in the Premier League on a financial scale, having the players buy into the club’s philosophy will mean that Everton remain a competitive team on the field of play, even if they struggle off it.

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