What The Papers Say - April 29

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Marco Silva features in Monday’s Daily Telegraph, with the Everton manager stressing the Blues “must always” aim to qualify for Europe – even if it means an early start to the season.

A seventh-place Premier League finish could seal a place in the Europa League. The Toffees are four points behind Wolverhampton Wanderers, who currently occupy this position.

"For a club like Everton, we always have to aim to play European competition,” Silva said.

“Always, always, always. I have started a season early before. It's not a problem if you prepare well. Of course it's tougher, but the goal to play in Europe is bigger than any problem it causes.”

The Daily Mail reports Everton Academy graduate Tom Davies is expected to pen a new contract with the Club.

The 20-year-old midfielder has made 89 senior appearances for the Blues.

The Liverpool Echo carries quotes from Seamus Coleman, who revealed he is eager for Everton to sign centre-back Kurt Zouma on a permanent deal.

The 24-year-old has impressed since joining the Toffees on a season-long loan from Chelsea last summer.

“I just told Kurt I’ve got a contract for him in my bag and will he sign it!” Coleman joked after the Frenchman helped Everton record a seventh clean sheet in nine Premier League matches in Saturday’s scoreless draw at Crystal Palace.

The Echo also reports on the vigil held in memory of young Evertonian Alfie Evans at Goodison Park on Sunday night.

Goodison was illuminated in blue and purple as the Club marked one year since Alfie passed away. Alfie’s parents Tom and Kate, along with members of their family, held the service at the Dixie Dean statue. 

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