August 30, 2018 / 6:29 AM / in 8 months

Soccer-Manager Silva keen to keep forward Ramirez at Everton

Aug 30 (Reuters) - Everton manager Marco Silva says he does not want forward Sandro Ramirez to leave the Premier League club despite the Spaniard struggling to hold down a regular place in the first team.

Ramirez joined Everton last season but made just 14 appearances before being sent on loan to Spanish top-flight side Sevilla in January.

However, the 23-year-old impressed in Wednesday’s 3-1 League Cup win over Rotherham United and Silva was confident Ramirez can build on the performance.

“Sandro is a player I would like to stay in our squad because he is a player I believe in,” Silva told reporters.

The Portuguese boss also dismissed speculation over winger Ademola Lookman, saying that the 20-year-old’s absence was due to a groin injury.

Everton, who have a win and two draws from their three Premier League games so far, host Huddersfield Town on Saturday. (Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford )

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