Report: Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori to say no to Olympics call-up to make good impression on Ronald Koeman

New manager Ronald Koeman poses with a Everton jersey after the press conference

The defender is said to be eager to impress Ronald Koeman ahead of his first season at Goodison Park.

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Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori is ready to snub the chance to appear for Argentina at the Olympics in Brazil in order to make a good impression on new Toffees boss Ronald Koeman, according to the Mirror.

The Argentinian's desire to solidify his importance at Goodison Park is admirable, especially considering he is still relatively early in his international career.

He played in each of Argentina's Copa America matches recently, as they fell short in the final against Chile, and the defender looked set to feature in Rio too after being named in the provisional squad for the showpiece, adding to his 13 caps.

Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori after being sent offEverton's Ramiro Funes Mori

But the Mirror says that the former River Plate star is eager to make a positive start under Koeman ahead of the Dutchman's first season at the Blues, and is willing to turn down a call from his country in order to do so.

Funes Mori had a mixed first season at Everton, with decent spells of form and important goals weighted against general poor defensive play by the side and a red card during a disappointing Merseyside derby defeat.

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The Argentine, who turned out for the club 37 times in all competitions, is wise to want to spend as much time with his new boss as possible though, with Koeman himself a world class centre back and a manager who tends to bring the best out of the defenders he works with.

There is no doubt that Everton have several defensive players of real talent, not least the likes of John Stones and Seamus Coleman, as well as experienced stars like Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka and several younger players. For Funes Mori, Koeman could really be the manager who helps him realise his potential, and with the Toffees set to have more financial muscle this summer, the 25-year-old is clearly eager to ensure he is part of any success the former Southampton boss brings to Goodison Park.

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