Everton bombshell: 25-year-old reveals he may quit to prolong international career
By Will Butcher
Ramiro Funes Mori has revealed that he is prepared to quit Everton if his chances with the Argentina national side are affected.
The 25-year-old has been kept out of the Toffees starting line up this season by new signing Ashley Williams and captain Phil Jagielka.
Speaking to Argentinian newspaper La Nacion, Funes Mori revealed that he needs regular first-team action to maintain his Argentina spot and is ready to leave Goodison park to achieve that.
“If I don’t play I will look for a way out to have that continuity,” Funes Mori revealed to La Nacion. “Because I have a place in the national team based on my amount of appearances.
“I need continuity. I need to play at Everton or elsewhere.”
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The 15-time Argentina international has made just two Premier League starts this season, with two more appearances coming as a late substitute in the league.
His two appearances for the Toffees in the EFL Cup have failed to convince manager Ronald Koeman that he is deserving of a starting place above Jagielka or Williams.
However, a first-team chance could be on the horizon for Funes Mori, after veteran defender Jagielka was withdrawn from the England squad with a groin problem.
The former FC Dallas youth player as signed by ex-manager Roberto Martinez for £11million from Argentinian giants River Plate in the summer of 2015, and has scored five goals in his 43 league and cup appearances for the Toffees.
Funes Mori’s revelation could alert Italian giants Roma. According to Italian publication Gazzetta World, the Serie A outfit were reportedly interested in Funes Mori and could look to reignite that interest in January.
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