Dominic Calvert-Lewin was linked to Arsenal during the summer transfer window. However, Everton manager Frank Lampard sent Mikel Arteta a warning regarding their pursuit.
Frank Lampard has warned clubs about Dominic Calvert Lewin, his star striker: ‘He’s our player and he’s going nowhere’.
England’s forward has shown a poor performance this season. He scored no goals in the first two weeks of the season and suffered a recurrent injury that reduced him to six starts since January. It is being speculated that the Blues will be looking for a new start this summer with Arsenal and Manchester United previously linked to him.
Yet victory this weekend over Brentford at Goodison Park will dramatically ease fears of the drop and go a long to securing Everton ’s Premier League future – and their striker’s presence next season. Lampard for his part insisted that Calvert-Lewin should stay. “He is a fantastic striker, a pedigree striker and there are simply not that many around,”The manager elaborated.
“He has three years left on his contract, and I want to take this club forward. A player of Dominic’s can help that – he is our player and that’s it.”
Lampard said he had been in constant communication with the European Championship finalist as he tried to get Everton back to health after a tough campaign that saw Everton fall to the bottom three. This was just one week ago.
He explained that he had not heard anything from the striker suggesting that he would try to forcibly force a move this summer. “He has not said anything to me like that, he trains well, we communicate a lot and he’s not said anything,”He stated. “I’m not silly – this is football, so I am aware of the way things can go.
“Dominic’s been a big player for Everton, and Everton have been big for him in his career, so that should be the story.”Everton will have two home fixtures over the next five days. With such a large goal difference, four points would be sufficient to secure their Premier League future.
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But Lampard doesn’t want his players to take their eye of the ball now they are edging closer to safety, and he has told his side: “It’s vital now, absolutely crucial, that we invest everything in keeping up the intensity to the end of the season.
“We have got ourselves in a good position, but it is so important now we don’t relax, and keep pushing to get the job done.
“It is up to us to get it over the line, and then after the club will look at ourselves, to see how we improve ourselves. We are already looking at things, in terms of signings, and other areas.”Lampard may have Ben Godfrey included in his Sunday squad, but Fabian Delph is out, a player who has been so important in recent weeks.