Everton boss David Moyes is confident Jack Rodwell can fulfil his potential over time.
The England U21 international has been heavily linked with a move away from Goodison Park, with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson a known admirer of the 20-year-old.
After agreeing a five-year contract with the Toffees last summer, Rodwell lost his starting spot under Moyes and appeared to be out-of-favour with the Scot. However, Moyes has insisted there is no issue between the pair, and that a simple lack of form was the reason behind his omissions.
"Younger players are going to be up and down," Moyes said in the Liverpool Echo.
"It happened with Wayne (Rooney) as well, the season we sold him, I don't think he actually played that well. When the team are in good form, it's easy for the young boys to go with it.
"But at times they need the senior players to help them. Jack will come again, I saw signs of it towards the end of the season. He's going to be a player."
It's expected to be a busy summer for Rodwell, who is in Stuart Pearce's Young Lions side for the European Championships in Denmark and set to play a key role for the side.