Allan has declared his intent to leave “an important legacy” at Everton – and is targeting an extended stay at the Club beyond the three-year contract he signed with the Blues last summer.
In an expansive interview with the Everton Matchday Programme, the Brazilian described the close bond he has already formed with Everton fans and says he is eager to repay their support by continuing to deliver first-rate midfield displays.
Allan’s high-energy, combative style has helped him seamlessly adjust to Premier League football in his maiden season on Merseyside.
He has made more tackles (57) than any other Everton player this term, while his incisive passing and ability to carry the ball forward at speed has also consistently impressed.
Allan, who joined the Blues from Italian outfit Napoli, says his fine form reflects his happiness on and off the pitch – and says he wants to be an integral part of Carlo Ancelotti’s side “for many years”.
“My thoughts are to remain at Everton for as long as possible,” he says.
“It feels good, I feel at home here.
“When you feel good and motivated to do your best on the pitch, there’s no reason you would think about moving.
“It’s very early to have this conversation, I know, but I’m really happy here and hope to stay for many years and leave my mark in the hearts of the fans and at the Club.
“I am really pleased with the way I was welcomed and how the supporters received me.
“I still haven’t had that feeling of the fans in a full Goodison Park but I’ve received a lot of messages welcoming me and congratulating me on my first season in an Everton shirt.
“I hope to repay them on the pitch, through good performances, and to leave an important legacy at the Club.”
News of a proposed European Super League dominated headlines across the continent last week after 12 clubs declared their intentions to join the venture.
Entry to the league would not have been based on sporting merit, with those 12 teams competing in a closed competition with guaranteed revenues for the next 23 years.
Allan expressed his relief that the plans swiftly collapsed following fierce opposition from fans, fellow football clubs, government and media.
The midfielder qualified for the Champions League in four of his five seasons with Napoli – who were not part of the ESL plans – and spoke passionately about the devastating knock-on effects the breakaway league would have had.
“It was quite awful and upsetting to hear of the European Super League proposal, as this would have ended the dreams of so many children,” says Allan.
“Children who dream of playing in the Champions League through sporting merit, of playing in a European competition after a great season and going on to challenge big clubs.
“It was the type of news that sort of pulls the rug from under you, people prioritising self-interest and money over what really matters in our sport, which is passion and love for the fans.
“The accumulated passion for football over so many years up to the present day.
“It’s great that the league was cancelled, it’s great that the love of football prevailed – the love from the fans and players and all the clubs who make up this sport that we know and love.”