Thomas Meunier has said that he may have joined Everton in the summer had the Toffees been able to offer European football.
The 28-year-old Belgian defender is likely to leave Paris Saint-Germain in the summer when his contract expires.
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- Following Seamus Coleman’s broken leg, the right-back hasn’t looked the same player.
- Jonjoe Kenny filled in to good effect, but has been loaned out to Schalke this season.
- Djibril Sidibe was signed from Monaco as a result…
- …and impressed on his home league debut against West Ham.
- Meunier may be a target next summer when he becomes a free agent.
Meunier has often been in and out of the PSG team and often finds himself being used across the back four as well as in midfield. Despite entering his prime and still remaining nothing more than a squad player, Meunier insists he is happy in France.
In an interview with Het Laatste Nieuws, Meunier revealed that Everton had approached him but the player was not keen on the move.
He said: “There was interest and there have been conversations, but it never came to a point where I had to decide: Do I sign or not? Always one of the parties did not agree.
“No [the move breaking down wasn’t frustrating], because I have always made it clear that my ambition was to stay with PSG. I did not want to leave.
“Because playing at PSG is special. You are part of a team that can win a European competition, that is not something many players can say.
“I could have signed with Everton – a good club. I would have played a lot, that’s for sure, and had a lot of fun too.
“But Everton doesn’t play in European competition.”
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Silva relieves some pressure
Marco Silva went into the game against West Ham on Saturday knowing that his job could be on the line should the Hammers heap more misery on his side.
However, fortunately for the Everton boss, they turned up. A tricky Bernard finish gave them an early lead and it was Gylfi Sigurdsson, who started on the bench, who wrapped up the points with a stunning strike in injury time.
West Ham have now only won one of their last six games and are just two points ahead of the struggling Toffees.
You can read about how Silva secured the three points on Saturday lunchtime here.