Everton manager Marco Silva has played down speculation linking Idrissa Gueye with a summer switch to Manchester United.
Gueye has been a regular under Silva this season but it has been reported in several outlets this week that the Senegal midfielder is wanted by new United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Silva, though, was phlegmatic when asked about the transfer rumour and any others that may come his way in the next couple of months, preferring instead to highlight Gueye’s contributions to the Toffees.
“It’s news to me,” he said. “(We have) no concerns about that or all the other speculation in the media that will come in the next few days or weeks.
“It’s something natural but I’m not here to answer all the possible rumours.
“What is important to me, if you’re asking about Gana, is how he’s performing well, how he’s helping our team with full focus, working hard every day to perform like he did in the last game.”
Silva also discussed season-long loanees Kurt Zouma and Andre Gomes, who have impressed on temporary spells away from Chelsea and Barcelona respectively.
Asked if permanent deals are in the offing – and whether they could be completed before the end of the season – Silva replied: “There’s always a chance but it’s not something that is just in our hands.
“They are happy here which is a good sign, that means they are performing, they are enjoying and they are helping us.
“We are happy with them, it’s up to us to do what we can to keep them and it’s up to the clubs, also. And it’s up to them, it’s not just in our hands.
“It’s in the players’ minds and decisions after their own clubs. They have to decide together. In the right moment, we’ll do something.”