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David Moyes: 'I forced Mikel Arteta to stay at Everton last season'

Moyes: 'Arteta wanted to leave last year'
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David Moyes admits that he "made" Mikel Arteta stay at Everton last year despite the Spaniard expressing that he wanted to leave.

Everton boss David Moyes has admitted that he "made" Mikel Arteta stay at Goodison Park last summer despite the midfielder requesting to leave the club.

Although the Spaniard switched to Arsenal for £10m on the final day of the transfer window last month, Toffees boss Moyes has revealed that the 29-year-old wanted to leave a year ago.

"Mikel had a chance to go the year before," Moyes told talkSPORT.

"But I made him stay because I thought last year we had our best chance of finishing right up there at the top of the Premier League. But it didn't turn out that way."

Meanwhile, the Scottish boss will host bitter rivals Liverpool in the Merseyside derby this weekend.

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