Bilyaletdinov bides time at Everton

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Everton midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is determined to fight for a first-team place having been relegated to a bit-part player so far this season.

The Russia international has made just three appearances, two of which saw him substituted with the other being a 27-minute run out from the bench. Bilyaletdinov was linked with a return to his homeland in the summer but stressed he wants to stick it out on Merseyside.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "I want to stay here and prove something else. I've got my agent, and maybe he got something (in the summer) but I'd say not now please - don't touch me."

Bilyaletdinov added: "We have got a lot of players in the midfield area and the task is different for every game. We can play with two or one (strikers). 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 need to be focused even if it's just for 10 minutes on the pitch because you can still change the game in that time."

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