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KVARATSKHELIA: EVERTON DIRECTOR CONFIRMS AGENT CONTACT

Everton sporting director Marcel Brands has confirmed that the agent of Rubin Kazan winger KhvichaKvaratskheliahas contacted over a possible move to the Merseyside club. The Toffees director made this known in a chat with Russian publication Soccer. According to him, the agent of the £25m winger has reached out to Everton over the possibility of signing for the Premier League outfit.

Kvaratskheliais a young, versatile and technically gifted player attracting the interest of a lot of clubs on the European football scene. The 20-year-old has been in very good form for Rubin Kazan in the Russian league. He has found the back of the net four times plus a further eight assists in the Russian Premier League.

Brands says the agent of the player contacted him to find out if the player was on theirshortlist. Despite the interest in the player from a lot of clubs on the European continent, the Toffees don’t have an interest in the player. The Everton director said the reported Toffees interest in the Rubin Kazan winger is only a rumour.

Everton sporting director Brands is responsible for spotting talents that would bolster the playing roster at the club. He was responsible for talents like Mexican international Hirving Lozano, Belgian international Dries Mertens and Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero while he was in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Lozano and Mertens are presently on the books of Italian Serie A club Napoli, while Romero is at Premier League giants Manchester United.

Everton have been linked with a free transfer move for Romero this summer with his contract at Manchester United set to expire in a few weeks time. Italian teams Juventus and AS Roma are also keen on signing the 34-year-old shot stopper.

ROBBEN WON’T PLAY AGAIN THIS YEAR

Experienced Groningen winger Arjen Robben won’t play again this year after his return from injury was put back untilnext year due to a calf problem. Retired Dutch international Robben came out of retirement in the summer to sign for Groningen. Since that decision, Arjen Robben has not been able to play like he would like mainly due to several injury problems.

Robben would be 37 by next month and he has struggled with various hamstring issues for the most part of this season. He was expected to return to action for his hometown club Groningen from his hamstring woes before the end of this year but thatwould no longer be possible after he picked up a new problem. Arjen Robben has a calf injury but the veteran winger is hopeful that he would still return to play for Groningen this season.

The ex-Chelsea and Bayern Munich attacker has been restricted to just 44 minutes in two games in the Dutch top flight this term and this is as a result of his ongoing injury issues. Arjen Robben confirmed his injury status with the official website of Groningen last week as he revealed that his target is fixed on using the rest of this year to recover from injury before returning toaction in the New Year.Without Arjen Robben for the majority of the season, Groningen have been doing well with the club in sixth place with 20 points from 11 games. They are just seven points off the leaders Ajax Amsterdam.

Arjen Robben has had a career filled with injuries but he has still managed to play for some of the biggest clubs on the European football stage. He has won 12 league titles throughout his career with clubs like PSV Eindhoven, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

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