Belfast Telegraph

Bilyaletdinov bides time at Everton

Everton midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is determined to fight for a first-team place having been relegated to a bit-part player so far this season.

The Russia international has made just three appearances, two of which saw him substituted with the other being a 27-minute run out from the bench. Bilyaletdinov was linked with a return to his homeland in the summer but stressed he wants to stick it out on Merseyside.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "I want to stay here and prove something else. I've got my agent, and maybe he got something (in the summer) but I'd say not now please - don't touch me."

Bilyaletdinov added: "We have got a lot of players in the midfield area and the task is different for every game. We can play with two or one (strikers). I think every manager has to choose certain players for certain games based on his vision for how the team should play.

"I can only work and wait for the pre-match meeting - if you play or don't play you need to be focused even if it's just for 10 minutes on the pitch because you can still change the game in that time."


From Belfast Telegraph