Everton boss Roberto Martinez refuses to give up on keeping hold of on-loan Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu.
The on-loan teenager was reported to have claimed he wants to return to Barcelona in the summer in a recent interview, but Martinez believes he was misquoted.
He told the Liverpool Echo: ﾡﾰI think he was taken out of context. The interview was on Catalan radio and the question was ﾡﾮWould you like to play one day for the Barcelona first team?ﾡﾯ
ﾡﾰThe answer is going to be, as a Barcelona player who has been there since he was eight, yes because thatﾡﾯs his focus and wish for the future.
ﾡﾰBut the interview does not imply he definitely will not remain here next season. He never said heﾡﾯs not enjoying his time at Everton. He has loved the test in the Premier League and being with us.
ﾡﾰWe all share the view that nobody will be prouder than every Everton fan, and person connected with Everton, to see Gerard Deulofeuﾡﾯs career has improved here.
ﾡﾰWeﾡﾯve benefited from having his talents with us.
ﾡﾰOur agreement with Barcelona was to have him for one season though and thatﾡﾯs where we are.ﾡﾱ