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Tuesday 15 November 2011

Bilyaletdinov vows to fight for place

Winger says he has point to prove and is not seeking return to Russia

Russian Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is ready to fight for a regular starting berth at Everton

Everton winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov says he wants to stay at Goodison Park and fight for a first-team place, rather than look for a transfer.

The 26-year-old Russian joined the Toffees for an undisclosed fee in 2009 but has struggled to hold down a regular berth and has only started two Barclays Premier League matches this season.

"I want to stay here and prove something," said Bilyaletdinov. "I've got my agent, and maybe he's got something [in the summer], but I'd say to him not to look now, please.

"I think every manager has to choose certain players for certain games based on his vision for how the team should play.

"I can only work and wait for the pre-match meeting. If you play or don't play you still need to be focused even if it's just for 10 minutes on the pitch because you can still change a game in that time."

Bilyaletdinov began his career with Lokomotiv Moscow and has been heavily linked with a return to his homeland in recent weeks.

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Key Points

  • Russian signed for undisclosed fee in 2009
  • Struggling to hold down regular starting berth
  • Winger has been linked with return home