Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti doesn’t expect Theo Walcott to leave Goodison Park this transfer window.

Speculation over the winger’s future has ramped up a notch in recent days, notably due to his absence from the matchday 18 in the Toffees’ Premier League victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Walcott has only made one Everton appearance so far this season, with that coming in the Carabao Cup victory over League Two Salford City earlier this month.

However, the former England international is expected to feature in Wednesday night’s cup clash with West Ham United.

Blues boss Ancelotti claims that the omission of Walcott was not due to his departure but simply due to the competition within the squad.

The Italian said:

“The problem is the competition is really high now in this moment.

“Sometimes it can happen that a player like Theo is not involved.

“Unfortunately this is a decision I have to take and I’m not absolutely happy to take this kind of decision to leave out a player like Walcott, who is a professional in training and always ready.”

Ancelotti also confirmed that Walcott won’t be on his way out of Goodison Park before the 5th October deadline, but the club are working to bring in a central defender on loan to add to the already impressive acquisitions of Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan and James Rodriguez.

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