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'Intends to speak directly': Romano claims Benitez is planning talks with Everton star over his future

Everton manager Rafael Benitez is reportedly planning to speak directly to Toffees star Richarlison over his Goodison Park future.

This is according to Fabrizio Romano, and it comes amid speculation linking Richarlison with a move to Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid.

The Brazil international has played for Everton since joining from Watford in 2018.

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He has made 119 competitive appearances for the Toffees, registering 42 goals and nine assists.

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Although Richarlison is contracted to Everton until 2024, his future appears uncertain, based on recent transfer talk.

According to Goal.com, Ancelotti – who recently swapped Goodison for the Bernabeu – called Richarlison over a potential move.

Romano has now claimed that, while the Italian manager is fond of the 24-year-old, there have been no negotiations.

In addition, he added that Benitez is planning talks of his own with Richarlison in a bid to convince him to stay on Merseyside.

“After Copa America and ahead of his performance in the Olympics, Richarlison will need to talk to Everton about his future,” Romano wrote on CBS Sports.

“There are many rumours about Real Madrid, but so far there has been no offer.

Carlo Ancelotti loves Richarlison but has not initiated negotiations to buy him.

“Rafa Benitez intends to speak directly with Richarlison to convince him to stay another season at Merseyside with the Toffees.”

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