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9th Dec, 2016 | 4:59pm

Everton 25-year-old makes big admission: I have played badly this season

By Emma Sanders

Ramiro Funes Mori has spoken out about the difficulties he’s faced to regain his position in the side under Ronald Koeman after falling out of favour.

The defender could make his second successive league start against Watford on Saturday and it will be the first time since August that he has started two Premier League games in a row.

There were doubts over the Everton star’s future in September when it was made clear Koeman would use Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka ahead of him.

However, Funes Mori has vowed to keep working hard in order to keep his place after he was selected ahead of Jagielka to start the 1-1 draw against Manchester United last weekend.

“I don’t like to be on the bench, I like to play every game, but the manager had his reasons so I coped with that, I stayed focused, kept training and knew I was going to get my chance again,” said Funes Mori, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

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“I spoke to him [Koeman] and he said he was going to start Phil and Ashley. I accepted it, it wasn’t because I was playing badly but it was a change he wanted to make.”

The 25-year-old has clearly worked hard to impress Koeman in training and it seems the hard work has finally started to pay off with another league start on the cards.

He has now made 47 total appearances for the club since joining from River Plate for £9.5 million in September 2015 and is expected to play his ninth game of the 2016-17 campaign on Saturday.

Everton currently sit in eighth position in the Premier League and will travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford, who are just two points behind them in 11th place.

The Blues have picked up just two wins in their last 10 league games so need to capitalise on what is considered an easier fixture ahead of their clash with Arsenal next week.

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