Date: 6th September 2017 at 7:31pm
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Jonny Evans has said that he’s ‘more determined than ever’ to further improve as a player following this summer’s speculation linking him with a move to Manchester City.

With some uncertainty a week ago as to whether or not he’d remain a West Bromwich Albion player as we waited to see if City would meet our valuation of him, no offers did and Evans has already said he’s perfectly happy at the club so it’s no issue on that front.

Speaking to Sky Sports with him heading back to the club following international action, Evans explained that the speculation had just made him determined to improve even further as a player as obviously there was a flattering element in being linked with a club like City.

The 29 year old explained.

‘Probably. I still think I can push that on. That’s my aim, that’s my drive. The most important thing is I’m pleased none of this speculation has affected me. It’s made me more determined than ever to try to be a better player. I’m happy.’

Asked further about the speculation, Evans again pointed to an agreement with West Brom and a talk they had before he headed out on international duty.

‘I don’t make the decisions, I’m just sort of someone in the middle with two clubs after me. Man City first have to decide do they want you, or any club have to decide, and your own club have to decide do they sell you. It doesn’t matter what time it gets done in the window, if it gets done at the start or the end. You’ve just got to let those decisions be made by two different parties. You’ve got to then make your own decision and it never got to that stage.’

Adding about being talked up by others in the game.

‘I’m not at all interested in that, or what people think of me to be honest. The most important thing for me is I push myself hard every day. I’ve got a long drive into training so I think a lot about what I’m going to do that day, set it out and try to carry that out to the letter. Maybe it does raise your profile a bit but it’s not something that interests me.’

As for international action, have him saying that Gareth McAuley would be ‘happy’ to see Northern Ireland all but secure their qualification through to the World Cup this window.

McAuley has been out injured.

‘Usually Gareth`s our goal-getter. G’s been missing but he`s hardly missed a game for us over the last four years – I think he`s got some kind of record. I`m sure he`ll be happy with us tonight.’

With Evans scoring his first international goal for almost eight years, with Chris Brunt making it two nil, he went on to add.

‘It`s been a while! Every time I play I get texts saying ‘score a wee goal tonight, Jonny`. I always try my best but it never seems to happen. It`s nice to be able to step up.’

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