Everton midfielder James McCarthy has insisted that he's happy at Goodison Park, amid interest from Manchester United and Tottenham.
This has been reported by the Liverpool Echo, who have suggested that the midfielder, who only joined the Merseyside outfit from Wigan last summer, will now continue at the club for the up coming season.
The Republic of Ireland international, who has been rated at £25 million, has revealed that he's looking forward to the new season, and is ready to get going once again in the Premier League.
And, despite rumours linking him with a move away from the club, the midfielder has insisted that he feels 'part of the family' at Everton, and is settled at the club.
Speaking to the Echo, he said: “It’s been a good break. I’ve had a long holiday and now I’m back and ready to go. I'm looking forward to getting the season started.
“I was ready for it. It was a long time coming to be honest because before last season I only had a couple of weeks off and then I was straight back into it.
"I had the big move too and there was a lot of pressure on.
"But the fans have been brilliant with me since day one. It wasn’t easy coming to a big club like this and trying to adapt but at least I knew the style of play.
“The size of the club though meant there was always going to be pressure, but I’ve settled in and everyone made me feel so welcome.
“I’m enjoying life here. I feel part of the family. It’s a real family club and it’s great to be involved in. It’s been a year since I came but it feels a lot longer than that.”
Open to United?
Despite these comments from the former Wigan man, it was recently suggested that he was open to a move to Premier League giants Manchester United, with the club reportedly interested in his services.
The Red Devils are certainly in need of improvement in the middle of the park after last season's disastrous campaign under David Moyes. United's midfielders failed to impress, with the likes of Tom Cleverley, Marouane Fellaini and Co. struggling to find form.
New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has already added to his options in midfield with the capture of Spanish ace Ander Herrera, but it remains to be seen as to whether the club will step up their interest in McCarthy.
McCarthy's comments may also come as a blow to Tottenham, who have also been linked with his signature of late. The north London outfit were reportedly interested in landing him last summer, but it appears that a move fell through.
It's uncertain as to whether new Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino makes a move for the player as he looks to improve his options in the middle of the park. Tottenham, just like Everton and Manchester United, will be hoping to break into the top four this season.
It now seems likely, however, that the midfielder will enter a second season at Goodison Park, despite links to United and Tottenham.