KEVIN MIRALLAS hopes David Moyes’ popularity at Everton will persuade him to sign a new contract and lead the Blues into Europe next season.

The Belgium international forward admitted he is particularly keen for the Scot, who has postponed a decision on his future until the summer, to stay after he paid £5m to bring him to Goodison from Olympiakos last year.

Mirallas, 25, said: “Of course I would be keen if he signed, he showed confidence in me by bringing me to club.

“He has been Everton for many years and is very popular with the fans, chairman and players and I am sure he will sign.

“I cannot see why he wouldn’t because of those reasons.”

Moyes revealed on Friday that he will assess Everton’s progress at the end of the current campaign before deciding on the next step in his managerial career, with a return to European football a priority for him.

Mirallas also hopes the Blues can compete in the Champions League next term, and ahead of their FA Cup replay with Oldham a week tomorrow, he is also targeting an addition to the Goodison trophy room.

He added: “If it was down to me winning a trophy would be great, but Champions League qualification would be fantastic.”

The Blues, who travel to Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday, currently occupy sixth spot in the table and are six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.