Oumar Niasse has opened up about the difficulties of his relationship with former Everton manager Ronald Koeman.
Niasse joined Everton in January 2016 under Roberto Martinez, but struggled in his first few months under the Spaniard.
He was then banished from the club by Koeman that summer, with his locker and shirt number both revoked.
He played his way back into the first team this season and is now the club’s top goalscorer despite regularly featuring as a substitute.
He has now opened up over his relationship with Koeman, stopping just short of comparing it to “slavery”.
“When Koeman arrived I was a real good target to destroy,” told BBC World Service. “He tried but I was strong enough to stay. I worked so hard so I had to stay in the Premier League.
“For him to make me give up and go he had to do a lot of things that were not nice – taking my locker, taking my shirt number, take me out of the dining room where we eat, take me out of training and sending me to the Under 23s without a locker there.
“It’s very difficult. You need a very strong mentality to deal with that because you don’t have any respect in the club. Using the word slavery is too much but it is very difficult, that is all I can say.”