By Harvey Byrne
Last season’s mainstay Kevin Mirallas has been omitted from the Everton squad to face Chelsea on Sunday amid “unconfirmed” interest from Euro giants Olympiakos, according to a reliable journalist.
HLN writer Kristof Terreur reported via his personal Twitter account on Sunday afternoon that the 29-year-old was flying back to home country Belgium, instead of preparing for the Toffees’ clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
— Kristof Terreur ???? (@HLNinEngeland) August 27, 2017
Mirallas has been a part of the Everton team since joining from Olympiakos in the summer of 2012 for a fee of just £6million.
Since then he has played in a massive 177 matches in total, which have seen him return 38 goals and 32 assists.
In the 2016-17 campaign under Ronald Koeman he also saw plenty of first team action with 37 appearances, returning four goals and six assists.
Mirallas also signed a new three-year contract back in May and has played in four matches in all competitions for the Toffees this season.
Football Insider verdict:
Mirallas has been a good long-time servant for Everton, but it is clear that with all the new in comings that his time at the Toffees may be coming to an end. It was slightly surprising when the club did offer him a new deal in May given that Koeman has proven to be ruthless with the likes of Gerard Deulofeu, Ross Barkley and Bryan Oviedo during his year in charge of the Blues. Now, Mirallas could be searching for first team football elsewhere, or he could be returning to Belgium for personal reasons. Only time will tell.
In other Everton transfer news, a London club have planned Sunday transfer talks over this Toffees ace.