Carlo Ancelotti has assured fans that Richarlison is going nowhere...even if he hates his manager!

The Everton boss was responding to suggestions that the Brazil star had claimed, in an interview with media back home, he was considering his future.

Richarlison is reported to have explained he’d been asked by Ancelotti at the start of this season to stay for one year...and see if Everton make it into the Champions League.

If results go the right way for the Blues when they visit West Brom on Thursday evening they could enter the top four, but the Italian manager said that even if they don’t make it, Richarlison will be staying next season.

Richarlison has detailed Carlo Ancelotti's huge prediction for him after a conversation they had at Everton
Richarlison has detailed Carlo Ancelotti's huge prediction for him after a conversation they had at Everton

"Richarlison will stay here as long as I stay, this is for sure...because I like him as a player, and if he doesn’t like me as a manager it doesn’t matter!!” Ancelotti said.

And on the request for the striker to give Everton this season, he added: “I tried to talk to him all the time, every day, but the communication I have to say is not so good!

“Maybe I told him these kind of things...but I don’t know how long his contract is, honestly. I can say he will be here for as long as I stay, for sure.”

The Brazilian actually has three and a half years left on his contract, so is unlikley to be allowed to leave, despite interest from the likes of Manchester United.

Carlo Ancelotti is a huge fan of Richarlison

He has been in fine form in recent weeks, scoring five goals in his last five matches, and Ancelotti believes he has the talent to make it to the very top.

The two have not always seen eye to eye this season, with the Italian criticising Richarlison, and demanding he “work harder and sacrifice more". But the manager has been impressed by the response:

“I think he is one of the top strikers, he can be one of the top strikers in Europe for sure, because he has all this kind of quality,” he added.

“I think Richarlison is a modern striker, the complete striker, because he is a striker who works really hard, has physical characteristics that are really high like a midfielder, but he has speed, and really clinical in the box.

“Fantastic with the head, and clinical in front of the keeper, and his movement without the ball is really good. He has not a specific position on the pitch he can play centre forward, left or right across the front. He is really complete.”

As he prepares to face West Brom though, Ancelotti explained that he wants more: “Where he has to improve, is maybe his technical ability, control the ball and this and that.

“But the movement without the ball is top, and his his movement is a high standard. And I think his level will go up in Champions League.”

Ancelotti has hinted he will ring the changes for the visit to West Brom, James likely to return.