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Written by Martin Graham | May 14, 2022
Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin was not interested in offers from Arsenal and Newcastle, according to his manager Frank Lampard.
The 25-year-old has been with the Toffees since 2016, signing for £1.5m from Sheffield United. After a slow start to his career with Everton, he started his career and became one of their most important players in the past two seasons.
But injuries kept him sidelined for most of this season, and it took him a while for his form to return any time he was declared fit to play. And the club has struggled this season without him as a result, which shows how important he is to the team.
The striker has played just 542 minutes for Everton since February. His appearance against Watford’s relegation was his first since 9 April. However, he is the subject of interest from Newcastle United – linked to everyone – and Arsenal ahead of a very busy summer window starting in a few weeks.
But Everton manager Lampard, who took over at Goodison Park on the final day of the January 2021/22 January transfer window, has stated that his key man is only interested in Everton. Lampard also stated that the club will open talks with Calvert Lewin at the end of the season, as their focus remains on remaining in the Premier League.
Lampard announced that Calvert Lewin will help us move the club forward
The former Chelsea boss also stressed how important Calvert Lewin – who has three years left on his Everton contract – is to the team. He also noted that the player is now fit and ready to start the remaining matches in his fight for survival.
In his pre-match press conference ahead of their meeting with Brentford that could decide their fate before next season, Lampard said: “He’s a great striker, with the pedigree of a striker that there’s not much about him. I think it was a pity for me that I didn’t make him fit.”
“He’s had a few moments but we know strikers – especially from outside any position – need rounds of matches, fitness and confidence. We’ve never been able to get Dominic to be fair with him. But yes he’s a huge player, they are not very common.
“He signed us, three years left on his contract, and I want to move forward with this club and players like Dominic will help with that.
“I know he’s not playing at the moment because he’s fit, but now he’s fit so I hope he’s in the last few games as a starter and then our player.
“He is a player that clubs want because of his level. There are not many strikers, they cost a lot of money. I am not worried about him at all.”