August 30, 2018 / 7:15 AM / a year ago

Soccer: Manager Silva keen to keep forward Ramirez at Everton

Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton v Southampton - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - August 18, 2018. Everton manager Marco Silva looks on. Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes/File Photo

(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

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