Everton boss Roberto Martinez urges Marouane Fellaini to snub Man Utd and Arsenal
Roberto Martinez’s reign at Everton begins with him trying to persuade his first-team stars to have faith in the club and their ability to acquire success. Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini and left-back Leighton Baines have been the center of controversy at Goodison Park.
Roberto Martinez has urged both players to stay loyal with the Merseyside club. Leighton Baines appears to have heard his Spanish boss’s words, but Roberto Martinez is having a hard time getting them through to Marouane Fellaini.
Marouane Fellaini has become a pivotal player in Everton’s first team since his arrival in 2008. Following impressive form from last season, the 25-year-old Belgium international has attracted strong interest from top notch Premier League clubs.
Arsenal and Manchester United are currently leading the race for his signatures. Among the two teams, Manchester United are hot-favorites to acquire services since Marouane Fellaini’s former boss David Moyes has become the new manager of Manchester United.
The Premier League champions have placed a £24 million offer for Marouane Fellaini. Everton have failed to come up with a positive response to the transfer offer by Manchester United, but the negotiations are still going on.
Marouane Fellaini, who scored 12 goals last season, has expressed desire for an away move. The versatile midfielder has been remarkably quite in front of the media, which is why little can be said of his intentions as of late. Nonetheless, it is clear that David Moyes is eager to sign him in.
“Marouane is an international footballer and he's going to be involved, if all goes well, in a World Cup next year,” Roberto Martinez told Liverpool Echo. “He’s had a fantastic impact in the Premier League, and hopefully now is the time he can carry on showing his massive influence in the game for us.
“He's still a very young man, but I am really looking forward to seeing Marouane working hard and making sure that he sets really good standards at this club.
“We have a very good group of senior players in our dressing room, and some players need that extra bit of responsibility. We have youngsters at the club and they need to get opportunities, but the senior players at the club are massively important [if we are to] start the season as strong as we can be.”
With a price tag of £15 million, Marouane Fellaini is Everton’s record signing. The coveted midfielder was signed in from Standard Liege in 2008. Since his arrival at the Merseyside club, Marouane Fellaini has appeared in 173 games and netted 32 goals for Everton.