Rafael Benitez confirmed that Lucas Digne had asked him to leave Everton.
Digne has been left out this term, with the Toffees signing Vitaliy Mykolenko as a potential replacement.
Benitez has now spoken about the Frenchman and his future at the club.
“I had a couple of conversations with him,” the Everton boss 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?”
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