Manchester United manager David Moyes insists Danny Welbeck has an important role to play in his plans.
The England international is reportedly unhappy with the lack of first-team football at Old Trafford and is set to demand a transfer in the summer.
Welbeck has scored 10 times in 32 games across all competitions but still lies firmly behind Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney in the central striker positions for Moyes.
As a result, Welbeck has been forced to play out on the wing and he is growing frustrated with Moyes' refusal to give him a chance to prove himself in his preferred position.
But the struggling Manchester United boss was defiant when asked about the reports and insists Welbeck still plays a key part in his plans for the future.
Speaking to reporters, Moyes said: “Danny Welbeck is really important to me and I really value him.
"There have been lots of stories. I can only tell you Danny Welbeck is really important to me and really important to Manchester United."
Welbeck was only given 15 minutes to try to salvage a deteriorating situation at Goodison Park yesterday as Manchester United succumbed to a 2-0 defeat - their 11th of the Premier League season.
The 23-year-old came through the Old Trafford youth system and has two years left on his contract.
Tottenham are believed to be keeping an eye on the situation as they look to solve their striker problems in the summer. Roberto Soldado has not adapted to life in England since his move last summer while doubts remain over the future of Emmanuel Adebayor.
They are not the only team believed to be watching the striker, however.
Welbeck was recently fined my Manchester United boss Moyes after they were pictured on a night out the night the club lost to Bayern Munich.