Everton winger Kevin Mirallas has stated that boss Ronald Koeman was a crucial factor as to why he is staying at Goodison Park.

The 29-year-old, who joined the Toffees in 2012 for £6 million from Greek side Olympiacos, committed his future to the Blues by signing a new three-year-deal on Friday, extending his stay until 2020.

“The manager was a very important part in my decision to sign a new contract because he believes in my qualities,” the pacey winger told the club’s official website.

Mirallas has featured regularly under the Dutchman this campaign, featuring in 36 of the Merseysiders 37 league game this season – netting four times and providing six assists in those appearances.

However, the 54-year-old manager believes his attacker must add more to his game if he is to remain ever-present in the Goodison Park first-team squad.

“I have spoken with the manager and I know he wants more from me – more assists, more goals, more consistency,” the wideman added.

“I will work hard for that and hope to play even better next season.

“I think I need to be more consistent in games. All my family and friends say, ‘You need to do more, you need to do more,’ and I will work hard to achieve that.”

Everton team-mate Ross Barkley is also in talks with the club regarding his future, one that Koeman is keen to tie-up quickly after offering an ultimatum to the Englishman to either sign a new deal soon or leave.


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