New Everton manager Roberto Martinez has admitted that he celebrated when midfielder Marouane Fellaini’s clause in his contract expired at the end of July.
The Belgium international, who was in sensational form for The Toffees last season, did have a clause in his contract which meant the club would have to accept any offer worth over £23million for the 25-year-old, but luckily for Martinez, no clubs made a formal bid.
Despite being linked with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal, it looks like Fellaini will still be at Goodison Park for the new season and that information delights the former-Wigan boss, who took over from David Moyes this summer.
Martinez said: “As you can imagine, for a manager that gives you a real sense of celebration when that day arrives.”
“I don’t think I am giving away anything that nobody knows. It’s well documented that Marouane’s contract has a clause – that clause expired on 31 July.”
“We are focussing on the league. You are not going to stop the speculation; if there are any players coming in or going out the fans will be the first to know.
“But we are in a position where I don’t mind to have other clubs looking at my players because that means they are doing good things.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt