Atlanta United midfielder Oliver Shannon has confirmed that one day he wants to return to Everton.
Shannon, 22, left Goodison Park in 2014 to move to the United States do earn a degree and play for Clemson Tigers.
The central midfielder was signed up by MLS franchise Atlanta in February and although he is nowhere near to earning his first senior appearance for the Georgia-based franchise, he is still dreaming of one day playing for Everton.
“My highlight in America so far is definitely graduation. My dream job in the future would be a sporting director or general manager – over here or back home – or something where you can combine scouting with the commercial role,” he said to the Liverpool Echo.
“But for now, I’m single and can definitely see myself coming back. I would like to return and play as high as I could. The dream is obviously still to play for Everton. Whether I do that or not remains to be seen.”
Atlanta United are one of the MLS’ newest sides.
They are owned by billionaire Arthur Blank, who is worth $4.1billion, according to Forbes.
Football Insider verdict
Shannon’s dream to play for Everton in the future seems like one that is well out of his reach. The 22-year-old has taken a very left-field move in his career in comparison to what most young English players do, but it is definitely a smart one as once his playing days are over he is well placed to get a good job. The midfielder needs to kick on though and start getting some senior appearances under his belt. Atlanta United may not be the best place for that unfortunately as they have a very strong squad. The Birkhead-born player may have to look back to England in the future.