Deulofeu’s reveals European dream

Former Barcelona man Gerard Deulofeu has stated his intention of competing in European competitions with Everton.

The Spanish winger started his career with Barcelona before subsequent loan spells with the Toffees and Sevilla, before joining the former on a permanent deal in 2015.

The 22-year-old helped Everton achieve a record Premier League tally of 72 points during his initial loan spell in the 2013/14 campaign – a haul that ensured the return of Europa League action at Goodison Park.

However, in a dramatic twist of events, Deulofeu joined La Liga outfit Sevilla in another loan spell and became part of a squad that went on to lift the Europa League trophy.

Speaking to EvertonTV, Deulofeu said it would be a dream to compete in a European competition with Everton.

"Of course, I dream of playing in Europe with Everton. Everton is a top club, a historic club and we have an amazing group of footballers. We need to stay in the top positions, but it's a difficult thing to do because the league is so competitive.

"I think the best thing to do is to not make predictions. We need to start the season, take it step by step and just concentrate on working hard.

"Next season is so important for the team and for me as an individual as well. I think the first half of last season was good for me, I played very well – but afterwards, I didn't get a lot of minutes.

"I want to work hard and push myself now to help the team next season. It is going to be my fourth year as a professional after two seasons in the Premier League and one in La Liga, so I feel like an experienced player and now I'm looking to play lots of minutes next year.

"I'm comfortable with my team and now hats the most important thing for me – to play as many minutes as possible," he said.