Everton reserved the No 19 shirt for Diego Costa with the club hoping to sign the striker, according to Nikola Vlasic.
Costa was the subject of interest from Everton and AC Milan during the transfer window but eventually opted to leave Chelsea for Atletico Madrid despite not being able to play for the Spanish side until January due to their transfer ban.
Vlasic, who joined the Toffees for £8million from Hadjuk Split in the summer, had revealed to 24sata that he opted for the No 27 shirt as No 19 was saved for Costa.
“No 27 was free, I wanted 8 but Ross Barkley wears it, while the club was keeping 19 for Diego Costa,” Vlasic said.
Ronald Koeman, who brought Vlasic to the club, was sacked as Everton boss on Monday following a run of poor results that had left the club in the relegation zone.
And Vlasic was “sorry” to see the Dutchman leave the club as he got on well with the former Barcelona star.
“I’m sorry that Koeman got sacked, because he bought me and we had a really good relationship, but that’s football,” Vlasic added.
“Everton is a great club for young players like Jordan Pickford, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman, Tom Davies, me. We all get chances; I’m satisfied.