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Everton striker Gordon recalls his Ancelotti crunch talks

Everton striker Anthony Gordon has recalled his crunch talks with manager Carlo Ancelotti at the start of the season.

Having been omitted from the matchday squad for Everton's season opener against Tottenham, Gordon has explained the frank conversation he had with Ancelotti to earn a place back in the squad.

“I didn't go and bang his door down, I went and asked politely, 'What can I do better to get in the team?'" Gordon told Evertontv.

“I always want to get better and improve as a player.

“I just wanted his views on that – he gave me his view and I am trying to work on that every day.

“[There was] nothing specific [Ancelotti asked from Gordon], he said I am doing very well and to keep doing what I am doing. We have a very competitive side, which I understand.

“With the players, we have brought in and already had, it is a really strong squad. For a young player to break through is hard and for me to be here and getting opportunities is testament to how I am training and improving.

“I was a little bit [nervous going to Ancelotti], yes. It was my first time doing it. But he is such a warm man and manager.

"For me, the nerves weren't as bad as they could have been, because he is such a nice person.

“He welcomed it with open arms."

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