Everton star Richarlison was interviewed via a live chat with the Brazilian FA this week.
The attacker spoke about the progress he’s been having in English football, and gave a pretty good reason why he didn’t leave the Toffees this summer.
Richarlison revealed that manager Carlo Ancelotti made a personal request for him to stay, and that was enough to convince him.
“I spoke to Ancelotti, said that I have a dream of playing the Champions League,” Richarlison told CBF TV (via UOL).
“He asked me to stay another year, to hold, that we’d get there. This year, reinforcements arrived and we started the Premier League with everything. Let’s see what happens.”
On his improvement at Everton lately, Richarlison said: “Ancelotti’s arrival here at Everton helped me a lot, I managed to evolve a lot. And we learn a lot at the national team too, this tactical part. I’m happy to be able to play in the qualifiers for the first time. Here at the club, I’m flying.”
Richarlison was linked to a few clubs earlier this year, including the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United. In previous interviews, he’d already revealed that he turned down all the offers he got.
The striker has four goals and two assists in five games for Everton this season, and is one of the main factors behind the Toffees being so good.
He has a contract with Everton running until 2024, and the 23-year-old hasn’t signed an extension since joining the club on a six-year deal in 2018.