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Ancelotti challenges Richarlison to reach 30-goal mark next season

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Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has challenged Richarlison to aim for 30 goals next season as Everton look to compete for an European spot.

Carlo Ancelotti has urged Richarlison to aim for higher goal numbers as Everton lay down their ambitions for next season.

With 13 goals and three assists to his name so far, the Brazilian has been involved in 37% of Everton’s total goals this term.

Everton can no longer secure a top-half finish this season and they already have their sights on the next which would resume in September.

Speaking earlier this week, Richarlison laid down his intentions to go past the 20-goal mark as he looks to improve his game under Carlo Ancelotti.

The 23-year-old was linked with a move to Barcelona in January but nothing concrete eventually came of those rumors.

Carlo Ancelotti wants to see Everton competing for European football and think they stand better chances with Richarlison at the club and in good form.

However, the Italian manager thinks the forward must raise his bar higher and aim for 30 goals at least next season.

“I think Richarlison is wrong to say that the target will be 20,” Ancelotti told Sky Sports. “The target doesn’t have to be 20 for him. It should as a minimum be 30.

“I’ve had strikers that were able to score 60 goals in a season – it doesn’t matter the name [Cristiano Ronaldo scored 61 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid in 2014/15].

“But even in England, Didier Drogba scored 29 goals in one Premier League season alone. So the target for Richarlison will be 30 – not 20.”