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Iwobi: It felt like everyone wanted me to leave Everton

 Everton star Alex Iwobi admits that he may not be at the club at present if Rafa Benitez was still in charge.

The attacker turned midfielder has been outstanding for the Toffees so far this season.

Iwobi is now one of the first names on Frank Lampard's team sheet for matches.

“I can deal with negativity much better now I have grown up," Iwobi told The i.

“When I was younger, I didn't know how to handle those things. I completely switch off from football, I want my own space and thoughts, I don't like to talk or have someone telling me what to do.

“I probably shouldn't be saying this. but I would play football with my friends, especially when I wasn't in the team. Little games, maybe twice a week, just to enjoy it. I never lost my love for football, even though I saw all the negativity.

“We played at a place in Manchester. I always wore a hat and snood, otherwise people would have recognised me. There were about 16 of us. At first, I knew about five people, but once I went regularly, I got to know everyone. It was good fun."

“It felt like everyone wanted me to go," Iwobi stated on his previous Everton struggles.

“They said, 'If you want to play football, you would be better off on loan'. It was like, 'You are not in our plans, try to prove yourself elsewhere'. I said I would rather take my chances and stay. I felt I had something to give and wanted to show my ability.

“The supporters were probably thinking, 'We are better off getting someone who can do the job'. I was told in the past I wasn't good enough. When I hear that it motivates me to try to prove my point."

On renewing his contract, which Liverpool Echo states will eventually happen, Iwobi finished: “I want to win as many things as I can with this club. That is why I came here, the club was very ambitious and it still is. I'd like to stay."

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