Silva explains Lookman decision

RB Leipzig need to improve their offer for Everton's Ademola Lookman or risk missing out on the winger.

Everton boss Marco Silva has hit back and said he never wanted to sell Ademola Lookman in the summer but circumstances forced his hand.

Lookman rejoined RB Leipzig in the summer having previously spent half a season there on loan and made his second debut for them recently with their manager, Julien Nagelsmann, saying his progression stalled at Everton because of a lack of games.

Silva says if he had had his way he would have kept the player and informed him he was in his plans for the season but the 21-year-old explained that he wanted to leave.

It was the second summer running the player had gone to the manager’s office and asked for a move, Silva successfully persuading him to stay in 2018 but not so 12 months later.

Silva could have just turned down his request but maintained that, with the winger heading into the final two years of his current contract, it made good business sense for him to leave.

The Bundesliga side paid in the region of £22.5m for the winger which represents a big profit on the player who was signed from Charlton back in January 2017, when Ronald Koeman was in charge, but has always struggled for first-team appearances at Goodison Park.

Silva told the Echo: “When I arrived at the club he wasn’t happy, he wanted to leave and he enjoyed his five months in Leipzig and he wants to leave and leave and leave.

“It was not the best thing for me because we can use him more and see more good things from Lookman this season but, in the end, it was not his desire and the club had to look at the business side also. It is what it is.”