Everton defender Lucas Digne has asked to quit the club, as per the manager of Toffees Rafael Benitez.
The France international has not played since the 1st of December and has attracted interest from various clubs, like Newcastle.
Benitez claims Digne said to him that”I’m not here anymore” and “doesn’t wish for his place to exist.”
Italian teams are interested too in the 28-year old and Everton is looking to make the prospect of a deal to help raise necessary funds after signing Ukraine right-back Vitaliy Mykolenko the month of January.
In the wake of a disagreement about his tactics and his role in the team, Digne came back into the Everton team as a non-used substitute for the defeat on Sunday to Brighton.
But Benitez said that Digne’s decision to go was “very evident” and added: “I want to ask a question to each old or new player.
What advice would you offer to an individual who doesn’t wish to play for you?
“It is effortless. I had a few conversations with him.
He said what he was thinking. ”
Digne could be transferred to Newcastle in the deal.
Benitez is looking to sign Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff, who he worked with when Magpies manager.
Eddie Howe’s squad is 19th on the Premier League table and has only one win this season.
But earlier on Friday, they completed an agreement to sign England right-back Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid for PS12m.
Benitez wants to “create an environment of winning” in Everton and added that “you require players who really would like to be here.”
“Do you want to experiment and learn and improve?” He continued. “Or to control the egos and then quit the team dependent upon the personalities? “