Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear that Richarlison will not leave Everton this summer if the Blues fall short in trying to qualify for the Champions League.

Richarlison gave interviews in July and October where he spoke about his "dream" of playing in the Champions League and that Ancelotti asking him to "hold on for one more year".

Everton can go fourth this evening with a win at West Bromwich Albion but Ancelotti says even if they don't manage to make Europe's leading club competition in time for next season, the Brazilian forward will not be leaving Goodison.

"I try to talk to him all the time, everyday, but the communication is not so good, I have to say, I need an interpreter, maybe I told him these kinds of things," Ancelotti said with a laugh.

"But I don't know how long his contract is, honestly, but Richarlison he will stay here as long as I stay, this is for sure."

He added with a smile: "I like him as a player. And if he doesn't like me as a manager, it doesn't matter, he will stay here!"

Ancelotti believes the 23-year-old, who has scored in his last three league games, can develop into one of the leading strikers in Europe.

"Richarlison is a modern striker, a complete striker, because he is a striker who works really hard - the physical statistics of Richarlison are really high, like a midfielder - but he has speed and he is really clinical in the box," he said.

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"Fantastic with the head and clinical in front of the goalkeeper and his movement without the ball is really good. I think he can be one of the top strikers in Europe, I'm sure, because he has all these kind of qualities and he has not a specific position on the pitch because he can play centre-forward, he can play on the right, he can play on the left.

"He is really complete.

"Where he has to improve is with his technical ability, and he can improve, controlling the ball and this and that but his movement without the ball is really top and his positioning in the box is of a high standard."