Martinez confident Fellaini or Baines won’t leave Everton for Man Utd
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has ended speculation about Marouane Fellaini’s exit. The new Goodison Park boss has revealed that the release clause in the Belgian forward’s contract has expired, which means Fellaini will spend this season at Everton.
According to reports Fellaini had a release clause worth £22 million in his contract, a price tag most top clubs in the Premier League were willing to pay. As a matter of fact Arsenal and Manchester United showed a great deal of interest in signing Fellaini.
Arsenal and Manchester United were closely linked with a move for the 25-year-old forward since the start of the summer. Manchester United were the frontrunners for Fellaini till the middle of the summer, but interest in the Belgium international slowly died away.
Fellaini had a very successful campaign at Everton last season. The versatile midfielder scored 12 goals in 36 appearances and was pivotal to Everton’s top-half-of-the-table finish.
Fellaini was expected to reunite with Moyes at Manchester United, but Everton refused to accept the bids by the Premier League champions. Martinez is now confident about Fellaini extending his stay at Everton.
“Marouane had a clause that was very straightforward, but that finished on July 31. Everyone was a bit expectant. We now focused on adding to the squad,” Martinez said.
Everton’s star left-back Leighton Baines has also been linked with a move to Manchester United, but Martinez confirmed the England international was not going to leave the Merseyside club this summer.
“I'm not concerned at all. I'm looking internally at our squad and this (speculation) is normal. Until it closes, you will get speculation,” Martinez said.
“Not just at Everton but every other club. Up until now, all we have done is talk about speculation. Now this is the start of the season and we can look forward. It does not affect us internally.
“We need to make sure we start the season well and we want to close the window with the strongest possible squad. Then you can evaluate. This is not a moment to set targets in terms of points.”