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Vlasic rejected Inter for Everton project

Nikola Vlasic (Twitter)
Nikola Vlasic (Twitter)

Cape Town - Everton play-maker Nikola Vlasic rejected the advances of Serie A giants Internazionale for the Premier League club, says the player's agent Tonci Martic.

The Toffees signed the 20-year-old for £10 million after impressing in a Europa League play-off tie for Hajduk Split against the Merseyside club.

However, his agent claims the lucrative offer and ambition shown by recently sacked manager Ronald Koeman convinced the Croatia international to opt for the English side over a dream move to the San Siro.

"I can confirm that Inter were very interested in buying the youngster, but sometimes a kid can not go where he wants to," he told Calciomercato.

"Everton made a better offer for Nikola, both for the player and for the club, spending a lot of money on a very young player."

While Vlasic has only scored on goal in nine appearances for the struggling managerless English top-flight outfit, Martic claims he is already considering his options due to the departure of the Dutchman.

"His season has not started as good as we had hoped for, but the kid is trying to take his responsibility and turn this negative period around.

"Everton believes in him, but at the moment the most important thing is to find out who will be coaching the club, this because it was actually Ronald Koeman who specifically asked for Vlasic."

Vlasic scored 13 goals and registered 20 assists in 120 games for the Croatain side before his move to Goodison Park.

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