£3.6 million Everton man addresses his future amid La Liga interest

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Everton signed Salomon Rondon last summer to provide depth in the striker’s position as Rafa Benitez did not trust the youngsters or Cenk Tosun. Rondon was surprisingly called early into action as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison picked up injuries early in the season.

The Venezuelan was unprepared and lacked match fitness. He was not up to speed and missed the pre-season which meant that he had not worked on his fitness levels. The South American struggled to get 90 minutes out of him and often ran out of gas in the last quarter of the game.

Even as a backup, Rondon did not have an entirely convincing season. The 32 year old netted only three goals in 32 appearances while scoring just once in the Premier League. His season ended prematurely after he picked up a red card against Brentford, missing the last two games due to suspension.

A few days ago, Rondon was linked with a return to Spain with Real Mallorca showing interest in the 32 year old forward. Their manager, Javier Aguirre, worked with Rondon at Las Palamas and Malaga. The Toffees would’ve made a profit by selling the striker as he arrived on a free transfer.

Everton striker Salomon Rondon addresses his future

The Venezuelan has a contract until 2023 at Goodison Park with the option to extend the deal by one more year. However, his stay could slow the growth of Ellis Simms should the youngster stay at Everton. The former Newcastle striker has now spoken about his future and his aim next season amid the talk of exit.

"I’m in good shape physically and I’m ready to continue at the highest level. I have one more year on my contract with Everton but I want to continue competing, I want to continue being important. (via Liverpool ECHO)"

Rondon seems to have made up his mind to continue at Everton and fight for a place. Even though he will not be a starter under Frank Lampard, the 32 year old is ready to compete at the highest level and remain with the Toffees for the next season.

This could potentially mean that the Toffees will cash in on Nathan Broadhead while sending Lewis Dobbin or Simms on loan. The Merseysiders will also be expecting transfer offers to arrive for Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin with either of the stars poised for an exit. They could command a humungous fee for Everton which will enable Lampard to make the necessary upgrades this summer.

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