Danny Mills has claimed that Everton boss Marco Silva will have spoken behind-the-scenes with Cenk Tosun over his future at the club.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and England defender says that the Portuguese boss appears to have treated the Turkish striker in the right manner and suggested he could still play a part next season.
The 28-year-old Everton forward was reportedly offered up to Crystal Palace in a cash-plus-player swap deal for Wilfried Zaha earlier in the summer.
Mills says that Tosun will not be feeling the love at Goodison Park if that is the case but says talks will have taken place over where he stands on Merseyside heading into the new season.
“It’s always tough on a player when your (team) are trying to buy somebody and you get offered the other way,” Mills told Football Insider.
“It is a bit like we are doing our best to get rid of you. You never feel particularly wanted when that happens.
“If the manager’s been good, and I believe that he has been, he will have spoke to him and been up front with him and said: ‘Look, this is the situation,’ and that’s what you want as a player, that little bit of honesty.
“You’re not first choice, you’re not my second choice but you might be on the bench most games. Now if you’re happy to stay and work hard in training, not causing any problems, I’m happy for you to stay as well. If you want to leave, you can go.
“That’s perfectly reasonable and honest. If you get a chance, you’ve got to prove you’re good enough to get that chance.”
Tosun has played 43 times for Everton since joining from Besiktas but has only managed to hit nine goals for the Toffees.
Last season saw him fall behind Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the pecking order, managing to make just 11 starts in 29 outings for the club.
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