Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu praised by Spain Under-21 manager

Barcelona may regret selling Gerard Deulofeu to Everton after his latest international performance.

Spain Under-21 manager Albert Celades has, as reported on the official Twitter account of Spain's Football Federation, encouraged Gerard Deulofeu to push himself even further following the Everton winger’s latest performance on the international stage.

Deulofeu scored twice to help his side beat Croatia 3-2 in Tuesday’s Under-21s European Championship qualifier, and now has five goals in his last two internationals after bagging a hat-trick against Georgia last week.

The 21-year-old has been a regular in Roberto Martinez’s starting XI recently, scoring once in 10 Premier League appearances this season.

Deulofeu joined the Toffees on a permanent deal from Barcelona in July after spending the 2013-14 campaign on loan at Goodison Park, and has quickly become a fan favourite at the club.

Martinez will no doubt be impressed by the youngster’s recent form, and could play him alongside Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku when Everton take on Aston Villa in top-flight action this weekend.

One man who believes Deulofeu has the potential to become a great is fellow countryman Celades, who highlighted the importance of the midfielder during Spain’s win over Croatia.

The Under-21 manager was quoted by Football Espana as saying: “Gerard had a great game. We encourage him to continue to score these goals and put in these performances.”

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