Arsenal transfers: Everton confident Marouane Fellaini will stay
Arsenal transfers: Everton chairman Bill Kenwright says he is confident Marouane Fellaini will stay at the Toffees
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright says he is confident Marouane Fellaini wants to remain at the Toffees despite interest from Arsenal.
The Gunners are now the favourites to land the Belgium international, who has made no secret of his desire to play in the Champions League and has also been linked with Manchester United.
But Kenwright revealed Fellaini, who has a £24m contract release clause, has hinted that he would be willing to stay at the Merseyside outfit beyond the summer.
“I have to say he has given me every indication he doesn’t want to go,” Kenwright said in the Times.
The Everton chief is also optimistic Leighton Baines will sign a new deal at the Toffees despite speculation suggesting David Moyes wants to bring the left-back to Manchester United.
When asked if Baines was aware of Everton’s desire to offer him a new deal, Kenwright replied: “Absolutely right. That’s started; started in that he knows we want him to stay.”
On Thursday, Kenwright insisted new Everton manager Roberto Martínez won’t be under any pressure to sell his stars to raise funds for transfers this summer.
“He [Martinez] talked about a couple of new signings and he talked about the squad and asked ‘Do they need to go?’,” said Kenwright.
“I said ‘No, they absolutely do not have to go’ [although] there is one [Fellaini] that has a get-out which everyone knows.
“I said to [Roberto] ‘I can’t sit here and give you a line because we all know money is everything in football – this is the money we’ve got and I will try to improve on it.
“We are desperate to find new owners and new investment but he will get support from everyone at the club and all the financial support – and by that I mean if he sells someone he won’t get 80 per cent of that he’ll get 100 per cent.
“Plus he has a certain amount of money for the transfer window which David was going to have.”