Gerard Deulofeu planning long-term stay with Everton

Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu has generally been used as an impact substitute so far this season.

Gerard Deulofeu has suggested to Football365 that he is planning a long-term stay at Everton. 

Deulofeu has struggled for first-team chances this season, with most of his opportunities coming as an impact substitute late on in matches.

The Spanish winger picked up an injury during pre-season, and that appears to have set him back after he completed a permanent move to Goodison Park from Barcelona over the summer.

However, despite these initial struggles, Deulofeu is still enjoying working with Roberto Martinez at the Toffees and says that he is aiming to become a key figure for the Toffees. 

“Roberto Martinez makes me feel very calm, though I know that being calm isn’t really me, and I tell him that,” he said. “I need to be playing, to feel important.

“I now see myself as more professional. I live by football, and it is football that will bring me glory. I was at Barcelona B for two seasons and now I am starting off another season in the top flight.

“I really want to show what I have to give. I want to establish myself here and play a lot of games for Everton. The year I spent here before was a good one, pretty good, I’d say. I was very young of course, just 19, but the experience taught me quite a lot.”

Deulofeu has already built up a reputation as a fans' favourite at Goodison Park, due to the ability he showed on a loan spell in 2013/14. 

The 21-year-old was a key figure for the Merseyside outfit during that season, where his dribbling ability dazzled supporters in the 29 appearances he made. 

That is the standard he will be tasked with reaching again, and Deulofeu will be hoping to play a much bigger role as the season progresses and he returns to full fitness.

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