By Harvey Byrne
Everton have decided that they want to keep goalkeeper Joel Robles for the final year of his contract, according to a report.
Spanish news outlet Marca have claimed on their live transfer blog (Tuesday, 1.43pm) that the Toffees want to retain the services of the 27-year-old Spaniard this summer despite his contract expiring next year.
It is said that the Merseysiders’ decision has left La Liga outfit to look elsewhere for a new goalkeeper and West Ham’s Adrian alongside Sevilla’s David Soria as being considered as alternatives.
Everton themselves have already added one keeper to their side this summer in Jordan Pickford from Sunderland, while Robles and Maarten Stekelenburg will likely be competing for the number two spot.
Robles has been at Everton for four years now after signing from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2013 and he has played in 63 matches in total for the club, conceding on 73 occasions while keeping 24 clean sheets.
Football Insider verdict:
Robles isn’t a very good number one, but he is certainly capable backup and is a lot better than Stekelenburg. Everton don’t need someone like Sergio Romero, or Michel Vorm as their number twos, like Manchester United and Tottenham both have due to the amount of wages they demand. Therefore, a solid yet unspectacular goalkeeper like Robles is perfect for Everton and they should keep him on their books until he starts angling for a move elsewhere in an attempt to regain his number one status, which he simply will not get at Everton with Pickford in the team.
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