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Fellaini: I have several friends at Chelsea

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Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini insists he is happy at Goodison Park, despite reported interest from Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Sky Sports reports how the 24-year-old Belgian international has attracted attention from a host of clubs, and has been heavily linked with a move away from Merseyside this summer.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich has wasted little time in opening his chequebook following the club's Champions League triumph in May, having already recruited Marko Marin and Eden Hazard ahead of the 2012-13 campaign.

Now it appears Chelsea are turning their attention to the talented Toffees ace, as the Stamford Bridge recruitment drive steps up another gear.

Whilst Fellaini has no immediate desire to leave Everton, he admits he is ambitious and has aspirations to play in Europe, whether it's with a club in this country or abroad.

"If I have got to go, I will go, if not, I repeat, I am at Everton," he told Belgian radio station RTBF. "I am ambitious; I want to play in the Champions League or in the Europa League.

"Last season we finished seventh with Everton, and we were not able to qualify us for Europe, which was a shame.

"If an ambitious club comes in for me? Why not, just to gain experience but I'm on vacation right now, I do not give [speculation] too much attention.

"Every year they say I'll be transferred to the left or right. But I'm still at Everton! If it comes, I take, if it does not come, I stay at Everton, where I am happy, and where I still have a four-year contract.

"Everything goes fast in football. You can be transferred tomorrow, as you can be in one or two years. For now, I'm on vacation, I try to arrive fresh at the start of next season. If there are any concrete offers yet? If this is the case, I am not aware."

Jose Mourinho is a known admirer of Fellaini's, but if Chelsea are interested in the midfielder's services, they will be the favourites for his signature, on the basis that there is a growing number of Belgian compatriots in west London.

"They talked about me in Chelsea," he continued. "If I had to go there, I would have several friends - Hazard, Lukaku, De Bruyne, Courtois.

"There are many Belgians! It's good for the national team."

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