Everton manager Marco Silva admits Andre Gomes’ next move is “not something that it is in our hands”.

Gomes has been excellent since joining on loan from Barcelona in the summer, bringing class and authority to the Blues’ midfield.

There has been much talk about the Portuguese’s loan move becoming a permanent one in January – something everyone at Everton is keen to see.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Silva admits it is Barcelona who will have the final say, urging Gomes to concentrate on his football for the time being:

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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 have answer in one week or two weeks.

It is not something that it is in our hands. 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.

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Silva is preparing to host former club Watford on Monday night, as Everton look to continue what has been a largely positive opening four months to the season.

Gomes will again be a key figure in the middle of the park, as he has been since arriving on Merseyside.