Acknowledging the uncertainty surrounding his future at Everton, Abdoulaye Doucoure stated that the club “knows his position”, as relays the LiverpoolEcho.
The midfielder’s contract with the club expires at the end of the current season, and while Everton can trigger an extension clause, they are yet to do so. Doucoure stated that finding a compromise regarding his contract negotiations currently appeared to be challenging.
However, he said that his focus was on helping the team survive the relegation battle. Despite expressing his desire to commit to the club for the future and stay for a longer period, the midfielder now waits to see how the situation pans out at the end of the season.
Doucoure said of contract talks: “The club knows my position. Since even a year ago. Now, obviously, it becomes very difficult for us to find something well between us, to find an agreement. I am doing my job at the moment and we are going to see at the end of the season. But I am focused on keeping Everton up.”
“I spoke to the club. They know my position. I want to stay here for much longer… I enjoy being here a lot. I want to commit to the club for the future. For three or four years more. I enjoy the atmosphere and have more to give to the club.”
Under previous manager Frank Lampard, Abdoulaye Doucoure seemed destined to leave Everton as he was frozen out. However, his career on Merseyside has been revived under Sean Dyche. Dyche immediately brought him into the starting eleven, and he has been a regular player since then. Doucoure’s importance to the team is evident, and his three-game suspension for a red card against Tottenham Hotspur disrupted the form improvement initially sparked by Dyche.
Doucoure scored an early goal at Brighton, which hugely improved Everton’s chances of staying in the Premier League. He has also scored important goals at Nottingham Forest and Chelsea since Dyche placed his trust in him. When asked about his future at the club, Doucoure said he was uncertain and added that he had done his job and now it was up to the club to decide what they wanted from him.