Marouane Fellaini has praised out-going Everton manager David Moyes for making him the player he is today, according to the
Fellaini was seen on video footage to have clashed repeatedly with Shawcross, growing frustrated with the jostling from the centre-back at set-pieces. Fellaini eventually lashed out, headbutting Shawcross and, although it was not seen by the officials at the time, video evidence was used to charge Fellaini and issue a three-game ban, depriving Everton of their talismanic midfielder over the Christmas period.
Moyes forced Fellaini to train through his suspension, including when his teammates were given days off, and on Christmas Day itself. But, Fellaini added, the scariest part of his treatment by Moyes following his ban, was when Fellaini was made to train with just the manager alone.
“He can be scary,” Fellaini admitted. “I remember when I was banned after the Stoke game, he gave everyone the day off – everyone: The players, the entire staff – but I came to the training camp to do a training session with him.
“It was just me and him, and it is not easy to go into the camp to face him like that. I understood, because I knew I had made a mistake, but you know it’s not easy when you know you have let him down. Just going in there knowing you have to look him in the eye was hard!
“He put me through a tough session…it was a full-on session, running, shooting, passing, everything and very intense, and afterwards I was upset. I said afterwards, ‘Arggh, this is bad’, but I am happy when he looked after me, so I understand.”
Moyes paid Standard Liege more than £15m to sign Fellaini in the summer of 2008, making him Everton’s record transfer, with Fellaini thanking Moyes for his help in the five years since then. Fellaini also wished Moyes the best of luck at Manchester United, accepting that the manager is wants to progress as much as any player.
“Look, we accept the manager is ambitious, and it is Manchester United, so we are happy. And I am ambitious too – of course. I have to be to succeed in football,” he said. “I am happy at Everton, I have three more years on my contract after this season, so we will see.
“But of course I am ambitious. Everybody wants to play Champions League – it is the most important competition for a player, and I am no different. We will see what happens.”
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