May 21, 2024

Clubs came in for me during the summer but I want to become a top Everton player

Everton midfielder Amadou Onana has been speaking about his Goodison Park future


12:13, 15 NOV 2023


Amadou Onana of Everton

Amadou Onana of Everton

Amadou Onana has spoken about his future with Everton – revealing clubs came knocking for him in the transfer window.


In a wide-ranging interview with Transfermarket, the Belgium international also revealed that he wants to become a top player at Everton and spoke at length about the differences between life under Sean Dyche and Frank Lampard.


Onana, who signed for the Blues from LOSC Lille for £34million last year, was linked with a move away from Goodison Park during the summer. Manchester United were credited with an interest in the 22-year-old, while in recent weeks, following the news that Sandro Tonali will serve a 10-month ban for betting on matches, he has been linked with Newcastle United.


Asked about his Everton future, Onana replied: “I am truly convinced that there are no upper limits for me. That doesn’t mean to sound arrogant.


“But I believe in my abilities and that I can come to a top club and become a regular player there. Clubs came knocking, but I wanted to stay to develop further and become a top player at Everton, perhaps the best.


“I try to read almost nothing about it and keep it as far away from me as possible. I just want to concentrate on what’s important.


“Everton gave me the chance to play my first games in the Premier League. I want to repay that. I can only do that if I do my best and show good performances.”


Dyche replaced the sacked Lampard in January and managed to help the club preserve its top-flight status on the final day of last season. And reflecting on life under Dyche, Onana has revealed it has been an educational time for him.


He said: “Yeah, so I think I have my own playing style too… I’ve had to adapt. I mean, it’s different to Frank Lampard. He just brings something different.


“I think he’s a coach who has very high expectations. And he trains very, very hard, plays very, very hard, demands a lot of running and you just have to adapt.


“Since he’s been here, I’ve learned a lot about my boundaries and how to talk about my personality and as a person – a very educational time.”


Onana formed a solid partnership in the middle of the pitch with Idrissa Gueye and Abdoulaye Doucoure during the latter stages of Everton’s battle to avoid relegation to the Championship last season.


“I think you can see it on the pitch.,” he said about his relationship with the duo. “He’s [Doucoure] someone I get on very, very well with.


“We also often go out for dinner with a few colleagues and sometimes at someone’s house. He’s someone who has helped me a lot, together with Idrissa.


“They are two players who have a lot of experience. Also Premier League experience, Idrissa with Paris Saint Germain.


“Those are the two players who have helped me the most. They make it easier for me. It’s a real pleasure to be able to play with them.”

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