Arouna Kone found his name frequenting the transfer rumour mill throughout the latter stages of last week, with speculation building up concerning a possible return to his former side, Levante.
But in a recent press conference, as reported by talkSPORT, Everton boss Roberto Martinez has quashed those claims and has admitted that the Ivorian will remain at Goodison Park.
Injury doesn't seem to be Kone's best friend at the moment. His last Premier League appearance for the Toffee's came against Hull City, which was now well over a year ago. In fact, the 30-year-old hasn't made an appearance in any game since then due to a serious knee cartilage injury.
The former Wigan striker was set to make his long-awaited return for Everton in September in their Capital One Cup tie against Swansea although he pulled out of the warm up after admitting that he felt uncomfortable. Later scans showed that his devious had returned in a minor capacity, which has now ruled the Ivorian out until 2015.
Martinez optimistically gave Kone the opportunity to play for Everton after experiencing his dangerous talent whilst in charge of Wigan, when the 30-year-old scored 11 goals in 33 appearances, saving their bacon prior to the season in which the club were relegated.
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Before joining the Latics in 2012, Kone enjoyed a dream loan at Spanish side Levante where he made 34 appearances and scored 15 goals. Due to his prolific goalscoring record at the Estadi Ciutat de València, José Luis Mendilibar - in charge of Levante - has launched a surprise bid to reunite the 30-year-old with his former team mates.
But in a press conference after Everton's stalemate against Swansea at the weekend, Martinez confirmed that Kone would not be going anywhere due to his affection for the forward.
"Arouna has real talent and because of injury he cannot show that here yet," the Spaniard confirmed.
"Arouna has real talent and because of injury he cannot show that here yet"
"He has the mentality to come back quickly and he will be playing in 11-a-side matches behind closed doors shortly which will help him recover."
The former PSV and Sevilla striker is expected to make a slow but surely recovery which will see him match fit again by the early stages of January.
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