Carlo Ancelotti has said the commitment of some Everton players was “unacceptable” against Sheffield United and told them to leave if they are unhappy at the club.
The Everton manager’s patience with a team he claims has a “double-face” snapped after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by the Premier League’s bottom side. It was Everton’s ninth home league defeat 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 he recently addressed the entire Everton squad over their wildly inconsistent form and made it clear that any player not committed to the club should leave.
When asked whether he would keep Moise Kean against the on-loan Paris Saint-Germain striker’s wishes 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 to have players here who are unhappy and if there are some players that are not happy to stay here they can ask to leave. I want to have players that want to stay at Everton and feel part of this project.
“That is for all the players. There is no player I can force to stay here. But I told them this recently. They know. They know. If someone is not happy they have to leave. An unhappy player is not going to be a good part in this project.”
Ancelotti, usually so protective of his players, added: “I don’t want to nominate players but 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 Everton exit himself this summer with Real Madrid reportedly interested in a reunion should Zinedine Zidane depart. But Ancelotti insisted: “This is good publicity for me to be linked with Real Madrid but it is not true. I am really happy to stay here. We have difficulties, of course, but I feel good at Everton and my target is to make Everton better and better every year.”