Lucas Digne wants to leave Everton amid Chelsea and West Ham links, confirms Rafa Benitez

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Lucas Digne wants to leave Everton amid Chelsea and West Ham links, confirms Rafa Benitez
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Lucas Digne has told Everton and Rafa Benitez that he wants to leave the club in the January transfer window.

The left-back fell out with the Toffees boss at the start of December and has been left out ever since, with Everton signing Vitaliy Mykolenko as an apparent replacement.

Digne has been heavily linked with a transfer to Chelsea this month, with Ben Chilwell out for the rest of the season, as well as a potential move to West Ham.

Benitez has now confirmed that the Frenchman wants to leave the club, and criticised the lack of commitment he feels Digne has shown.

“I had a couple of conversations with him,” Benitez said.

“I have no explanation [for why he wants to leave]. If someone is happy or not happy, you are paid big money and have to perform.

“Modern football, maybe the stats and the priorities have changed and maybe people think about themselves before the team. Do we want to grow and improve or just to manage the egos?

“I think he was very clear. I want to ask a question to any fan or former player, what Peter Reid will say if a player doesn’t want to be here? He told me what he thought, so what do you expect the manager to do?”

It remains to be seen whether Digne gets the move he wants this month, but Benitez made it clear rumoured interest is irrelevant and a concrete offer is yet to be received.

“I’d like to sign Haaland and Mbappe but you need a commitment,” Benitez said.

“You can make an enquiry but you need a commitment. People can talk and talk.

“We have interest but nothing concrete. What I cannot do is bring players who want to be here, and then give priority to those who aren’t interested.

“It’s very simple. The 31st January, if he’s still here, we have to deal with it.”

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