Manchester United and Arsenal have been told to forget about signing Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, as he is crucial to Roberto Martinez’s plans.
Both Gunners boss and new Old Trafford manager David Moyes have been credited with an interest in the Belgium international.
Arsenal had even reportedly bid for him earlier this summer, though Moyes took Fellaini to Everton and has long been linked with signing him for a second time at Manchetser United.
However, neither the Emirates Stadium out fit nor the Red Devils will sign him, if the new Everton boss has anything to do with it.
Martinez has insisted he still wants the powerful 25-year-old to remain at Goodison Park and is excited about the prospect of working with him next season.
"Marouane is an international footballer and he's going to be involved, if all goes well, in a World Cup next year," he is quoted as saying by talkSPORT.
"He's had a fantastic impact in the Premier League and hopefully now is the time he can carry on showing his massive influence in the game for us.
"He's still a very young man but I am really looking forward to seeing Marouane working hard and making sure that he sets really good standards at this club."
Martinez may find it difficult to hang on to Fellaini, however, as the former Standard Liege star has previously expressed a desire to play in the Champions League.
suggested at the weekendHe reportedly also has a clause in his contract that says he can leave if a team in the Champions League make a £23million bid for him, though it was that this clause would expire soon.