Noel Whelan insists Everton can keep their three star men this summer if the club appoints a suitable Carlo Ancelotti replacement. 

The former Leeds hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims the Toffees need a proven man-manager at Goodison Park.

On 3rd June, Football Insider revealed Ancelotti is keen on raiding Everton for Richarlison after landing the Real Madrid job.

An Everton source has told Football Insider the club will listen to offers for the Brazilian if he does push to leave.

On 7th June, this site revealed Nuno Espirito Santo has been interviewed for the vacant post at Goodison Park and is considered the leading contender.

The 47-year-old left Wolves at the end of the season after a successful four-year stint at Molineux.

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Whelan claims the likes of James Rodriguez can be convinced to stay at the club if Everton appoint the right manager.

“This is the problem,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“When players come to a club because of a manager, it’s the manager that keeps them happy.

“This is where the next manager becomes even more interesting and important. When you have these sort of players who can be a bit extrovert, they need behind the scenes care. 

“You need another manager who will put all that faith into the player. 

“There’s no doubt, I don’t think he’s going to jump ship. If you get that right manager in, that’s half of the problem solved.

“The man management of these superstars. your Richarlison’s, your Rodriguez’s, your Allan’s. 

“I think they are the three players who need the most attention. The rest of the players, who have been their linger, don’t seem as needy.”

In other news, Kevin Phillips reveals Everton are plotting to sign attacking star “he knows very well”.