Everton boss confident of keeping Marouane Fellaini


New Everton manager Roberto Martinez remains convinced that his star player Marouane Fellaini does not want to leave the club this summer. 

Although it has recently been revealed that there have been no talks held between Arsenal and Everton concerning the release of Fellaini, there are still strong rumours concerning the Belgian’s desire to leave in order to realise his dream of playing Champions League football. 

Martinez, however, has dismissed these links, despite the fact that the 25-year old has a release clause in his contract worth around £22 million.

"I don't think it is an issue,” Martinez was recently reported to have said. 

“You are not talking about a player who is out of the squad or in negotiations with another club. I won't look to speak to him about this because there is nothing to speak about.

"What I want is him to be ready for the next season, to be ready to take an important role at the club and understand that it is a big season for him.

"As an individual, he has got an exciting year in front of him and I don't think he is personally thinking, 'Am I going to be here?' I don't think that's in his head."

Whether or not Everton manage to keep hold of Fellaini, who is the club’s top owner on around £75,000 per week, will most likely come down to the loyalty the midfielder now feels to the club following the departure of manager David Moyes to Manchester United.

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