Carlo Ancelotti has said some Everton players’ signing was “unacceptable” against Sheffield United and told them to leave if they were not happy with the club.
The Everton manager’s patience with a side he says has a broken ‘double face’ after Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the lower Premier League side. It was Everton’s ninth home league loss of the season and another against Wolves on Wednesday, in front of 6,500 fans at Goodison Park, would be a new club record.
Ancelotti revealed that he recently spoke to the entire Everton squad about their extremely inconsistent form and made it clear that any player not signed with the club should leave.
When asked if he would keep Moise Kean against the wishes of the Paris Saint-Germain striker on loan next season, the Everton manager replied: “Absolutely not. If he wants to stay at Paris Saint-Germain, the only way is to find a deal with Paris Saint-Germain. I don’t want players to be upset and if there are players who are not happy to stay here they can ask to leave. I want to have players who want to stay at Everton and feel included in this project.
“It’s for all players. I can’t force any player to stay here. But I told them this recently. They know. They know. If someone is not happy, they have to go. A disgruntled player will not play an important role in this project. “
Ancelotti, generally so protective of his players, added: “I don’t want to name any players but for most of them the commitment for the game was absolutely not good. It was unacceptable because the game was so important. I hope for a reaction tomorrow. “
The Italian has been linked with an exit by Everton himself this summer with Real Madrid who are said to be interested in a reunion if Zinedine Zidane leaves. But Ancelotti insisted: “It’s good publicity for me to be linked to Real Madrid but it’s not true. I am really happy to stay here. We’re struggling, of course, but I feel good at Everton and my goal is to make Everton better and better every year.