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Exclusive: Ball drops major Kean verdict after summer exit

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Michael Ball insists that Everton expected Moise Kean to become a major player at Goodison Park prior to his exit from the club.

The Italy has departed Goodison Park on a loan-to-buy deal after a miserable spell in the north west.

Everton paid £25.1m to bring him in from Juventus back in 2019 and he went on to make 39 appearances for the club, scoring just four goals.

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However, he went on loan to PSG last season, netting 17 times, and has now returned to Serie A with Juve.

The Italian giants have signed Kean on an initial loan deal but they have an obligation to sign him from £24m in the summer of 2023.

That is a small loss for the Toffees, although bonuses, per BBC Sport, could take that fee up by £2.5m.

Ball believes that Kean was signed to make a real impact and potentially become a major star, but he feels that the striker’s exit is for the best for both the Toffees and the player.

Speaking to This Is Futbol, he said: “It’s a strange one that, Moise Kean. It’s probably, in hindsight looking back, best for both parties.

“Everton have lost out financially really on a guy they took a punt on and expected him to be one of the key players at our football club but his attitude seemed to be off.”

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