Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti seems confused when asked about Luke Garbutt who has been away on loanjuin 30, 2020
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti was perplexed when asked about released defender Luke Garbutt in his press conference on Tuesday.
Ancelotti, who arrived at Goodison Park in December, replied with ‘Who?’ when asked for a few words on Garbutt, before saying ‘I am surprised about this question, I don’t know.’
The 27-year-old has been on loan at Ipswich Town all season and has not played for the first-team since 2015, making 12 appearances in total for the Toffees.
Luke Garbutt was released by Everton on Tuesday having not played for the club since 2015
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti seemed genuinely confused when asked about the defender
The Italian manager admitted he was surprised at being asked a question about Garbutt
Garbutt himself, who spoke highly of the club upon his release on Tuesday, laughed off Ancelotti’s reaction on Twitter, saying: ‘Don’t get it twisted I chose to find the funny side other players would feel disrespected by the club and the manager.’
He added: ‘It’s not his [Ancelotti’s] fault it’s the clubs however it’s a belter though.’
Earlier in the day, Garbutt had wished the club ‘good luck’ for the future after his contract expired, tweeting: ‘Today officially my contract at Everton has now expired after been at the club for 11 years!
‘The club has been a huge part of my life, and one I had huge pride to represent. There’s been many ups and a few downs which I couldn’t control. Everton good luck for the future.’
Fans on Twitter generally defended Ancelotti over his seeming confusion when asked about Garbutt, with one saying: ‘Carlo has probably never met Luke.’
Garbutt opted to see the funny side of Ancelotti’s reaction rather than take it seriously
Garbutt made his Premier League debut as a substitute against Southampton in April 2014, and played 10 times in the 2014-15 season under Roberto Martinez.
A month later, he made his debut for England Under-21s, making 11 appearances in total at that level.
This season, Garbutt made 30 appearances in all competitions for Ipswich Town.