Leeds defender Pearce’s comments suggest he was never going to join Everton

Kalvin Mark Phillips (L) and Tom Mark Pearce of Leeds United FC greet fans during the Leeds United FC and Myanmar National League All Star football match at Thuwana football staduim in...

Leeds United defender Tom Pearce was reportedly wanted by Everton earlier this summer.

Lewis Grabban of Aston Villa is tackled by Tom Pearce of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on April 13, 2018 in...

Everton reportedly wanted to sign Tom Pearce earlier this summer, but the 20-year-old’s comments to Leeds Live suggest that he was never going to leave Leeds United.

Pearce, who can operate as a left-back or as a left wing-back, signed a new four-year contract with Leeds in June.

Prior to the England Under-21 international committing his long-term future, Everton were among the clubs who reportedly wanted to secure the services of the youngster.

The Yorkshire Evening Post credited Bournemouth and Crystal Palace with interest in Pearce, while The Sun on Sunday (print edition, page 63, May 13, 2018) reported that Everton were looking at the 20-year-old left-back (click here to read more).

Pearce’s comments to Leeds Live, though, suggest that he was never planning on joining the Toffees - or any other club for that matter - this summer.

"Yeah, I was delighted to get it done,” Pearce told Leeds Live about his new contract. "Obviously it took a bit longer than expected but at the end it was the right decision.

"I was always going to stay, definitely. It's the right club for the young players, so hopefully get my chance.”

Tom Mark Pearce (R) of Leeds United FC and Joseph Mpande of Myanmar National League All Star fight for the ball during the Leeds United FC and Myanmar National League All Star football...

Important season ahead

Pearce made his first-team breakthrough at Leeds last season, as the 20-year-old left-back scored one goal in five Championship appearances for the Whites.

The 20-year-old will find it hard to feature regularly for the Whites next season, but if the Englishman impresses head coach Marcelo Bielsa and shows the Argentine signs of progress in the coming weeks, then he could well make the left-back spot his own.

Kalvin Mark Phillips (L) and Tom Mark Pearce of Leeds United FC greet fans during the Leeds United FC and Myanmar National League All Star football match at Thuwana football staduim in...

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