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Rafael Benitez has rejected allegations that Everton are selling Richarlison, despite several sources linking the striker to Paris Saint-Germain.
Richarlison enters his fourth season at Goodison Park, after hitting double figures in each of the previous three. His form has sometimes seen him associated with a move to mainland Europe. Such rumors have intensified in recent hours. It has been claimed that PSG could bid on him when and when Kylian Mbappe leaves.
Actually, it has since emerged that conversations are open. This will give rise to concern for Benitez, who has spent the summer trying to increase his attacking options and not reduce them.
But the manager turned down questions about a possible departure for the Brazilian at a press conference on Friday.
“We are not considering selling him,” Benitez said.
“He is our player. We are really happy with him and we are happy. Hopefully he can score many goals for us this year. ”
Richarlison remains under contract at Goodison Park until 2024. He has scored a goal from two games so far this season.
Benitez soon hopes his attention can soon turn to questions on the pitch. He has seen his side get off to a positive start in his time on the other side of the Merseyside divide.
So far, Everton have beaten Southampton and drawn with Leeds in their first Premier League matches.
Benitez happy for Everton start
Regarding their start, Benitez said: “Fine – could be better, could be worse, but in general the players ‘reaction, the players’ commitment, the desire and sometimes the way we play, I am happy with.
“I know we have to improve things, but at the same time I think everyone understands how difficult the transfer window is for us, how difficult the financial fair play rules are, what the team did in the past, the Olympics, the euro, Copa America – everything has been a bit confused at first with a new manager.
“I think we are doing well considering all these things and I am sure we will improve on many issues. At the moment, it’s one step at a time and we need to make sure we have a strong team playing in Brighton. ”
However, Benitez is not illusory about this weekend’s challenge. Brighton have won three out of three between the league and cup so far this season.
“I think they are fine,” Benitez confirmed. “They know each other really well, they are dangerous with set pieces, they can pass the ball, keep possession, they have some good players in front who have pace and ability.
“They are a good team, they play with great confidence and as usual in the Premier League it will be a tough match.”
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