Danny Mills has backed Everton to keep hold of Lucas Digne despite reported interest from Manchester City and Chelsea in the player’s services.
The former City and Leeds United defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the Merseysiders had “every chance of fighting off those big clubs” to keep the left-back.
Digne joined the Toffees from Barcelona in 2018 for £18million, putting pen to paper 5-year contract which ties him down until 2023.
90min suggest that Pep Guardiola’s City and Frank Lampard’s Chelsea could both be eyeing up the 26-year-old as they look to solve the left-back situations at both clubs.
However, Mills is confident Everton have the ambition through owner Farhad Moshiri and the management team he has assembled to fight off such approaches.
“Lucas Digne will have huge respect for Carlo Ancelotti,” the ex-England international told Football Insider. “He is a fabulous player with great ability.
“It depends on whether this fifth place is opening up for the Champions League. Is he going to want to go to Manchester City if they are not going to be in the Champions League?
“Is he happy at Everton? It looks like he is. Everton have money and they are a very good club, being run very well. The owner, the sporting director, the manager – there is a long term plan and with a new stadium in the not so distant future Everton have every chance of fighting off those big clubs.”
After Friday’s news that Manchester City could face a two-year ban from Europe following “serious breaches” of UEFA’s club licensing and financial fair play regulations the Premier League champions may struggle to sign players.
Ancelotti’s side travel to the Emirates next to take on an Arsenal fresh off the back of a 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle.
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