Everton winger Nikola Vlasic has opened up about the chat he had with Toffees boss Marco Silva, which led to him leaving the club on loan.
The Croatian attacker arrived at Goodison Park under then manager Ronald Koeman in the summer of 2017, but he failed to pin down a regular place in the starting line up.
Even once the Dutchman had departed Merseyside, the winger could not find himself in the team regularly under David Unsworth and Sam Allardyce.
The 20-year-old managed just 19 appearances for Everton in all competitions last season. He found the back of the net twice in that time, both in the Europa League against Apollon Limassol.
After a chat with Silva, the Croatian soon realised nothing was going to change in terms of the amount of game time he was going to get this term, so he decided to leave for CSKA Moscow where he is on loan for the remainder of the season.
The winger has opened up on the details of that talk, after which he knew leaving was the right thing for him to do to progress his career.
“I talked at the beginning of the (pre-season) training with Everton coach Marco Silva, who openly told me he could not promise me a place among the first eleven.” He told Novilist via Sport Witness.
“Since I’d practically lost last season, I didn’t want to repeat something like that and Everton gave me permission to find the club where I would play.”
Vlasic has already played three times for the Russian outfit since joining up with them, and is set to feature for them in the Champions League next week.
It remains to be seen whether there is a future for him at Goodison Park long term, or whether his spell with CSKA is a shop window for him to attract future employment beyond Everton.