Marouane Fellaini's Everton future has been under review for the past few months, with a possible transfer to Arsenal or the chance to join up with his old manager David Moyes at Manchester United as two possible options.
But new Toffees' boss Roberto Martinez has said the Belgian will be a key player for them 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 told the club's official website.
"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. We have a very good group of senior players in our dressing room, and some players need that extra bit of responsibility.
"We have youngsters at the club and they need to get opportunities but the senior players at the club are massively important to start the season as strong as we can be."
There has been other reports that Fellaini's release clause expires next month, meaning that Arsenal and Manchester United need to act fast or suffer paying more, which would put Everton into a better position in aiming to keep the player, and, if he were to be sold, would generate more funds for other players.
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