Everton manager Marco Silva hopes he can make loan signing Andre Gomes a permanent addition to the squad in the summer
The 25-year-old midfielder arrived at Goodison Park in August from Barcelona in a season-long loan deal.
Gomes endured a difficult stay at Camp Nou following his €35m arrival from Valencia in 2016 and made just six La Liga starts last season.
But the Portuguese has already started five times at Everton since October 21 after recovering from a hamstring injury.
“I think in the right moment we have to do something to achieve one player like Andre,” said Silva, according to Liverpool Echo.
“We have time to do that. We are happy with him, he is enjoying the moment here and I don’t think it is a good moment to talk every week because it’s better they (Barcelona) forget about him a little bit about Andre!
“You go there in the right moment. Andre is enjoying his time but we don’t want to put this pressure of a decision on him. It is early.
“When you make a loan, and not just Andre but Zouma as well, if you can do something tomorrow then you have to do it but football is not like that.
“At the end of the season we will talk to the players and with the clubs and after then we will take the decision or not.”
After beating Cardiff City 1-0 last Saturday, Everton will next face rivals Liverpool in a Merseyside derby on Sunday.