Kevin Mirallas on what persuaded him to stay at Everton

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The Belgian was linked with a move away but he decided to stay at the club when he saw they were keeping hold of their best players.

Everton winger Kevin Mirallas has revealed one of the reasons he decided to stay at Goodison Park, after rumours last season suggested he could have been looking for a move away from the Guardian.

The Belgian has suggested there has been a change in mentality in the club this summer by the way they kept hold of their best players despite attentions from clubs that had finished way ahead of them last season. 

Mirallas told the Liverpool Echo: “When I saw the team keep their best player, I said this was a change in mentality.

“It’s possible last season, or the season before, that Stones goes to Chelsea, McCarthy goes to Tottenham, and I go to another team.

“But now it’s changed.

“It’s a strong club and a strong team, and when you see the chairman signing new deals for players, you think this season is the season.”

Chelsea publicly pursued defender John Stones with the Premier League champions making several offers and the defender even handed in a transfer request, but the club held firm on their stance that he was not for sale. There were also reports that James McCarthy could be moving before he signed a new contract, and Mirallas himself was inclined to stay. 

It does show the importance of Everton's stance on transfers though, especially in terms of ambition because if they were to let some of their more important players go then what kind of message does that send out both to the rest of the squad and the fans?

Inevitably, with a talented squad they may have to resist the interest from other players again in the very near future.

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