Everton defender Jonjoe Kenny has insisted he only wants to play amid questions about his future.
The full-back is currently out on loan at Bundesliga side Schalke, having agreed to join the club in the summer transfer window.
He has proven to be a big hit with David Wagner’s side, establishing himself as their first choice in the position and making 19 appearances in all competitions to date.
The German side are keen to keep him on a permanent basis, but his current deal from Everton does not include any options to extend his stay beyond this summer.
His future rests on the decision of Everton, who will have to decide if the 22-year-old has a long-term future at Goodison Park.
That’s a decision for the summer but Kenny has once again reiterated that for him, the main thing would be ensuring he does not end up relegated back to the bench having enjoyed first-team status in Germany.
“It was extremely good for me to come here,” Kicker report him saying.
“He (David Wagner) believed in me even though I hadn’t played that many games before. It totally helped me.
“I want to look from game to game, it is important to focus on the task at hand.
“We’re only in January now; there are still a lot of games to be played. I am not concentrating on what lies in the future; I just want to do my job well here.
“I don’t want to be a bench player; I want to play.”