Everton's chances of hanging on to Marouane Fellaini have been significantly enhanced after the Chelsea and Arsenal target denied having a £22million buy-out clause in his contract, reports the Daily Mail.
The 25-year-old midfielder has attracted interest from a host of rival Premier League clubs, after a series of stand-out performances for the Toffees again this season.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been linked with a move for the Belgian international, whom he has reportedly earmarked as the missing piece of his midfield jigsaw at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal face competition for his signature from Chelsea, though, with Roman Abramovich having also held a long-term interest in the former Standard Liege star, ever since he arrived at Goodison Park in a £15million deal in 2008.
However, both Chelsea and Arsenal's hopes of triggering a supposed release clause in the summer have been crushed, after Fellaini revealed there was no fixed amount written into his Everton agreement, and said that Champions League qualification this season would be enough to banish any thoughts of leaving Merseyside.
"I have heard about Chelsea monitoring me, but I have never spoken with them," he told Belgian media outlet sportwereld.be. "Throughout my time at Everton, there has been word on the grapevine of interest from some of England's top teams, but I have never personally sat round the table with any of them.
"If Chelsea want me, they need to come up with something, but they have not done so far. For now, I am very happy with Everton. We are fifth, and if we can climb just one more place, and stay there, we can look forward to playing in the Champions League.
"Would that make me stay? Maybe yes, because Everton are the team who brought me to England. I have a very good relationship with the manager and my team-mates, and the club are like my family.
"People are talking about Chelsea as if I have already signed, but I am an Everton player, and maybe I will finish the three years left on my contract. If I do end up leaving, it would be up to the club to decide on the price. I have all sorts of clauses in my contract, but there is no fixed fee for releasing me."
Fellaini was speaking after sitting out of Belgium's midweek friendly with Slovakia, with a hip injury that threatens to rule him out of Sunday's clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The attacking midfielder spoke glowingly about the Premier League - where he hopes to remain long after his current deal expires in 2016 - but refused to be drawn on a preferred destination if, and when, he eventually leaves Everton.
"The Premier League is the best in the world, but I don't have a dream team I want to go to," he explained. "If I do leave Everton, it would be to a club who really want me and a manager who has really good plans for me.
"People seem to think that Eden Hazard's presence at Chelsea might tip it their way. He is a very good friend, but so too are Mousa Dembele and Christian Benteke, so that wouldn't influence anything."
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