Carlo Ancelotti explains Marcel Brands Everton transfer conversations and provides Leighton Baines update


Carlo Ancelotti has opened up on his conversations with Marcel Marks on the mercato. However, the Everton boss still believes that the club hierarchy have a lot of time to make decisions on potential additions to the team.

The Blues confirmed on Sunday that Morgan Schneiderlin had left the club on a permanent basis to join Nice, the summer transfer activity already kicking into high gear.

In terms of incomings, Ancelotti is cool about the amount of time he has and the club’s director of football come in all decisions on potential targets in a number of positions.

He said at his pre-Norwich press conference: “We have, each day, every day, to speak with the director of football Marcel Brands. We’re talking about players for the future of course.

“All the staff spend all his time watching players all over the world, so that we have a clear idea of the market.

“But, in this period, we focused on our games. We are trying to finish the season well.

“After that we have the time, because I believe that I’m not sure of the date, but I think the market will be open until 5 October.

“If we have the time to talk about the new season. ”

Earlier this month, Leighton Baines has been offered a new one-year contract extension to stay at Goodison Park for at least another term.

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And the boss has revealed the club are still waiting for the defender of the decision on this front.

“We are waiting for his decision. Decision, whatever it is going to be a good decision, ” he added.

“We have offered a new contract because I think Leighton as a professional, as a player, as a man who is truly important to us.

“Any decision he makes is a good decision for us. ”

Everton travel to face Norwich on Wednesday, a few days after a 0-0 draw with Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.

Ancelotti is expecting a more difficult physical battle for his side in their next game, and went into detail to explain exactly why.

“I think we’ve trained well and we showed a very good physical condition, I was a little surprised,” the manager noted.

“The fight of the team was fantastic on the physical aspect. I’m also sure that it will be more difficult in the next game, because we haven’t had much time to rest.

“Therefore, we must be focused there to try to repeat the same performance. On the physical aspect, I think it will be more difficult.

“On the tactical aspect, he has not change a lot of the statistics and data that we’ve seen. The visiting team has the opportunity to compete, this is quite normal because the home teams will lose the support of the crowd.

“What the statistics also said in the other leagues, it is that, after three days, it is really hard to keep the same intensity and the physical level. We are more concerned about the physical appearance in the second game.

“Norwich had two more days of recovery. But fortunately in football, there is not only the physical aspect to consider, there are also the mental, tactical and technical quality, we would like to show.


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