(Reuters) - Everton manager Marco Silva says he does not want forward Sandro Ramirez to leave the Premier League club despite the Spaniard struggling to hold down a regular place in the first team.
Ramirez joined Everton last season but made just 14 appearances before being sent on loan to Spanish top-flight side Sevilla in January.
However, the 23-year-old impressed in Wednesday’s 3-1 League Cup win over Rotherham United and Silva was confident Ramirez can build on the performance.
“Sandro is a player I would like to stay in our squad because he is a player I believe in,” Silva told reporters.
The Portuguese boss also dismissed speculation over winger Ademola Lookman, saying that the 20-year-old’s absence was due to a groin injury.
Everton, who have a win and two draws from their three Premier League games so far, host Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford