Fernandes eyes Everton stay

21 March 2007 11:34
Manuel Fernandes is keen to make his loan switch from Benfica to Everton permanent after enjoying his first two months on Merseyside. The 21-year-old, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Portsmouth, moved to Goodison Park in January on a temporary six-month switch and has impressed in his five appearances for David Moyes' side. He had a particularly good game in the 1-0 win over Arsenal and is happy to remain in the Premiership. "I would like to stay in England, and I hope I stay here," Fernandes told the Liverpool Echo. "But it doesn't depend on me. It depends on other things, and I'm just taking things game by game and seeing what happens. Our next game is against Aston Villa, and I'm just looking to that now. "I don't expect to have any talks with Benfica until the end of my loan here. "What's different at Everton compared to Portsmouth? Well, I can play more than two games in a row for a start. "But when you are really wanted at a place, like I am here at Everton, it is good for your self-confidence and if you feel okay at a place, things are going to be okay. I want to stay."

Source: ESA