Ross Barkley made two demands of Everton to persuade him to stay – before leaving anyway.
Barkley completed his £15million move to Chelsea earlier this month, having almost left Everton for £35m in the summer.
The midfielder had just six months remaining on his contract at Goodison Park, with negotiations on a deal extension having broken down last year.
Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri says Barkley made two demands – one of which was for the club to appoint Ronald Koeman as manager – to persuade him to stay.
But, as Moshiri says, Barkley opted to depart despite both being fulfilled.
“I didn’t spent as much time to keep Ross as I did Rom,” Moshiri said, of his attempts to convince Romelu Lukaku to stay.
“When it got to the two years I met his agent and said ‘We need to extend the contract’. He said ‘You need to get Ronald Koeman’ and we got Koeman.
“He then said (John) Stones was his friend and he should be allowed to leave and he left.
“We got into the last year (of his contract) and again we didn’t want him to go.
“Bill miraculously got an offer for £35million for a player who was injured and then he changed his mind.
“Sam (Allardyce) spoke to him and he didn’t want to stay.”