Everton have yet to receive any offers for Marouane Fellaini, the
Fellaini is known to have a release clause in his contract that can be triggered by a Champions League-qualified team – the existence of the clause confirmed by owner Bill Kenwright at the unveiling of new manager Roberto Martinez – but as yet no club has made an official approach for the 25-year-old.
Manchester United – now led by the manager who brought Fellaini to Everton, David Moyes – and Arsenal are said to be the two clubs leading the hunt for the former Standard Liege player, signed by Moyes for a club record £15m fee in the summer of 2008.
Martinez however is relaxed about both the gossip surrounding Fellaini and the future of the player, stressing that there is little that can be done to end the whispers and backing Fellaini to remain professional until the situation is clarified.
“I don’t think it’s an issue at all with Marouane,” Martinez has 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.
“Transfer speculation is unstoppable when you have been as successful as Everton. You will always get other teams who admire and want to take your best players,” the former Wigan Athletic boss continued. “That’s normal and happens everywhere. I really don’t believe Marouane is thinking, ‘am I going to be here?’ I don’t think that is in his head.”
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