Carlo Ancelotti refuses to rule out return of nine-goal striker

Date published: Tuesday 12th January 2021 4:27 - Neil Foster


Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti insists he will not stand in the way of Moise Kean if the forward wants to stay with Paris Saint-Germain beyond his loan deal.

Kean penned a season-long contract at the Parc des Princes in October. Having failed to hit the heights at Goodison Park with just two goals last season, he is flying in Paris.

The 20-year-old has found the net nine times in 13 Ligue 1 outings and seems at home among the club’s superstars. He is playing in the same team as Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, and clearly loving the experience.

“I have the opportunity to learn a lot from them,” he told reporters last month. “They are two of the greatest players in the world. I am very happy to play with them. I learn a lot from these leaders.”

It was reported back in October that PSG were keen for him to stay. Negotiations to make the deal permanent for around £31m were said to have begun.

New manager Mauricio Pochettino appears keen to keep the former Juventus hitman. Ancelotti has been pleased with Kean’s progress across the Channel and will keep an open mind on the player’s future.

“He is scoring a lot of goals, he shows his quality. He is our player and he will be back in June,” he told Sky Sports News. “All the time we have to take into consideration what the player thinks because the players are human.

“If the player wants to come back we will be happy to have him, if the player wants to stay with Paris Saint-Germain, we have to talk with Paris Saint-Germain.

“Whatever the player likes, I don’t want a player back who is not happy to come [back]. If the player is happy to come, he is welcome back.”

King link played down

Ancelotti is currently having to deal with the loss of Dominic Calvert-Lewin to a hamstring injury. There has been talk of bringing in a new forward in January, with Bournemouth’s Josh King linked in the media.

The Italian knows it will be tough to find a replacement and prefers to concentrate on what he has at his disposal.

“I need to be focused on the players that I have, on Cenk (Tosun) who came back after an injury, to improve Anthony Gordon in front, to have Richarlison back, this is our thought in this moment,” he added.

“To replace Dominic Calvert-Lewin will not be easy but we have to adapt and we have to put confidence on the players that we have.”


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