Danny Mills has tipped big clubs to court Everton chief Marcel Brands as he enters the final seven months of his current deal.
Indeed, talks between him and the Goodison Park faithful over a possible new contract have reportedly been delayed until January, which may leave some fans of the Merseyside club sweating as to whether he will stay with Carlo Ancelotti’s team for the 2021/22 term.
Should Brands have signed a new deal at Everton?
Speaking to Football Insider, former Leeds United and Manchester City defender Mills was in awe of the project that both Brands and Ancelotti are trying to build at the Toffees:
“I firmly believe now they are starting to get a project going. It takes a while.
“I know Everton very, very well. I’ve seen things in the academy and that’s encouraging and obviously what they’ve done at first-team level as well.
“They’ve got a new stadium on the horizon too. They’re building a team now that can challenge and it’s taken Marcel Brands a while to get that team in place.
“You’ve got the manager that you want in place, in Carlo Ancelotti, who has got funds to spend.
“I’d be surprised if he was to leave at this stage but he may well be courted by some other big clubs.”
Brands and Ancelotti’s ‘beautiful relationship’
Indeed, Carlo Ancelotti said at the end of the 2019/20 season that he has ‘a beautiful relationship’ with Brands, suggesting that the Italian boss would like the Dutchman to stay on with the Blues and thus sign a new deal if possible.
Ancelotti has guided EFC to seventh place currently in the Premier League table and has also booked his team a place in the Carabao Cup quarter-final so far in the 2020/21 campaign, with the help of his summer recruits.
Indeed, Brands would have been heavily involved in the summer spending at Everton, with the likes of Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan and Ben Godfery coming through the door for quite sizeable transfer fees.
Considering how well Ancelotti’s side are doing so far with the addition of the new recruits, perhaps Brands should be given an extension to his current contract in January in order to ward off any big clubs potentially swooping in, as Mills has claimed may well happen.
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