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Hopes of second loan deal look to be off after open letter.

Paul Thomas

Everton's chances of securing a second loan deal for Gerard Deulofeu look to have been dashed after he posted a thank you letter to the fans on Twitter.

The 20-year-old joined on a season-long loan from Barcelona last summer and became a firm favourite with the supporters, making 29 appearances and scoring four goals.

Everton had hoped Deulofeu would be allowed to stay for another season given he may be unlikely to break into Barca's star-studded first-team.

However, the young Spaniard was promoted from Barca 'B' to the senior squad by new boss Luis Enrique earlier this week in order to be assessed.

It now increasingly looks like Deulofeu will be back at the Nou Camp next season, especially now he has paid an emotional tribute to Everton and the fans.

Deulofeu wrote:

Dear Evertonians

I would like to thank Everton and all their fans for this year so special in my career. A new country, a new club, a new way of seeing, live and understand soccer.

I have grown as a soccer player, but also as a person and that is why I would like to thank every person that has helped and accompanied me on this journey.

The club and the manager for the great opportunity, my teammates for welcoming me and to the fans for the fantastic support.

I am proud and fulfilled with my year at Everton, having both helped the club and hoping that the fans enjoyed my football.

I wish Everton lots of luck and success in the future.

You will always be in my heart.

Gerard Deulofeu.

Stop crying at the back.

It is certainly disappointing that Gerard will not be returning to the club next season but pleasing to see that he has enjoyed his time at Goodison.

His highlight was probably his spectacular equaliser at Arsenal in December, a goal that showed the division what a talented footballer he is.

I'm sure Evertonians will want to send their good wishes to Deulofeu in return with the knowledge that should his time at Barca ever turn sour he would be welcomed back with open arms.