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Silva calls on Everton 'to do everything' to sign Gomes

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 May 2019

Andre Gomes in action for Everton while on loan from Barcelona (pic: Martin Rickett/PA Images).

Andre Gomes in action for Everton while on loan from Barcelona (pic: Martin Rickett/PA Images).

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The Toffees boss discussed the future of Andre Gomes and Theo Walcott heaped praise on Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Everton's Cenk Tosun (right) celebrates his side's second goal against Tottenham Hotspur (pic: Steven Paston/PA)Everton's Cenk Tosun (right) celebrates his side's second goal against Tottenham Hotspur (pic: Steven Paston/PA)

Everton manager Marco Silva refused to offer any assurances that Andre Gomes will be back in a Toffees shirt next season following the 2-2 draw at Spurs on Sunday.

The midfielder, on loan from Barcelona, was introduced with 65 minutes played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with the visitors trailing after Eric Dier's early tap-in.

Seven minutes later and Everton were ahead following goals by Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun, but Christian Eriksen's free kick with quarter of an hour left earned the Lilywhites a share of the spoils.

When Gomes entered the pitch, it was too cheers from the Spurs fans who serenaded him after reports suggested he was closing to signing for the north Londoners.

But Silva said at full time: "I know all the rumours around, but for me the most important thing is what comes from Andre.

"At this moment, he has nothing new to say to me until now and this is the most important thing.

"I am 100 per cent sure when something will be decided in his mind, I will be one of the first people to know. Of course we as a club have to do everything to try to sign him."

Everton manager Marco Silva (left) speaks to Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier after the Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (pic: Steven Paston/PA Images).Everton manager Marco Silva (left) speaks to Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier after the Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (pic: Steven Paston/PA Images).

With Spurs essentially guaranteed a top-four finish and Everton unable to finish above Wolverhampton Wanderers in seventh, both teams had little to play for.

A lot of the attention was elsewhere with the visitors more interested in whether or not Manchester City would pip Liverpool to the title.

Everton supporters cheered when Pep Guardiola's team scored at Brighton & Hove Albion and it contributed towards a good atmosphere with the Tottenham faithful still basking in the glory of their comeback win over Ajax.

Silva added: "Of course we expected a tough atmosphere after the big achievement Tottenham did last Wednesday.

"We expected a fantastic atmosphere - I think it is a normal thing, but we came here to play our way.

"It's a good stadium - a very, very good stadium - and it's got a good atmosphere and against a strong side, I think we did really well apart from first 20 minutes of first half."

Predictably former Arsenal man Walcott was booed by the hosts, but he didn't receive too much stick - even after scoring.

He acknowledged this post-match and couldn't help himself but praise Tottenham's new 62,062-seater stadium.

"I thought the Spurs fans were actually quite nice to me, I didn't really feel like I received that much stick to be fair. I didn't hear anything anyway," Walcott said.

"But there has always been that rivalry between me and Tottenham, that's just the way it is. It's friendly banter I believe or I think it is, they might not!

"I was pleased with that goal, but I'm not the sort of player to rub it in. I'm very professional, but I'm very pleased we got the result and I feel like everyone is happy."

Walcott continued: "I'm not going to lie, it's a fantastic stadium. A fantastic arena. They're obviously in the final of the Champions League and have done fantastically well.

"It's a great place to play football, it really is, and they have worked really hard. It's taken a long time and I know it has been a lot of stress for everyone behind closed doors, but it has paid off when you see it.

"But I do feel the walk from the coach to the dressing room was just a little bit too long - I was walking past Tottenham fans! In all seriousness, you have to give everybody involved a lot of credit because they have done a great job."

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