Everton manager Marco Silva admits he has no control over what happens with Andre Gomes’ future after a promising start to his loan spell
The 25-year-old midfielder arrived at Everton in August on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona after a difficult two years.
After recovering from a hamstring injury, Gomes has since put his Barcelona troubles behind him by becoming an instant hit at Everton.
The Portugal international has made seven Premier League appearances for the Toffees with Silva recently expressing a desire to make his stay permanent.
But any chance of sealing a deal in January is something that is out of both Silva and Everton’s hands.
“It is not something that it is in our hands,” Silva told Sky Sports.
“The best scenario to look at is – it is not just in our hands as a club, not just in the hands of Andre, there is a third party as well.
“Barcelona are included, let’s see when we can talk about the situation.”
On how Gomes settled in at Goodison, Silva added: “I think at first, I agree, he is doing very well.
“But what is most important for me is the team and the squad, I think it is not fair just to talk about Andre.
“If Andre is doing well then he is helping our squad. He is getting better every time, taking his responsibility in the squad is important for me as well.
“But if he is doing well it is because his teammates are helping him since the first day.
“He’s enjoyed his first two months but let’s see what we can do. We are working on that, I don’t know if I [will have an] answer in one week or two weeks.”
Sixth-place Everton will face Watford at home on Monday night in the Premier League.