Marco Silva has confessed that any future deal to extend on loan midfielder Andre Gomes' stay on Merseyside is beyond Everton's control.
The Portuguese ace has been a revelation for the Toffees since his deadline day loan move from Barcelona back in August, with a string of standout performances in his seven appearances so far for the club.
His popularity amongst the fans, as well as the manager, has seen calls for him to be signed permanently from Barcelona, but Silva admits that such a decision goes beyond the club's powers.
“The best scenario to look at is - it is not just in our hands as a club, not just in the hands of Andre, there is a third party as well. Barcelona are included, let's see when we can talk about the situation.”
When quizzed about how the Euro 2016 champion has settled in at Everton, Silva claimed, with the help of his teammates, that his integration has been going well.
“I think at first, I agree, he is doing very well. But what is most important for me is the team and the squad, I think it is not fair just to talk about Andre.
“If Andre is doing well then he is helping our squad. He is getting better every time, taking his responsibility in the squad is important for me as well. But if he is doing well it is because his teammates are helping him since the first day.
“He's enjoyed his first two months but let's see what we can do. We are working on that, I don't know if I [will have an] answer in one week or two weeks.”