Goodison Park manager fires a broadside at those clubs circling Toffee talents.
David Moyes has today made it abundantly clear that he will not sanction the transfer of two of his most important players this summer.
The likes of Manchester United and Chelsea have been sniffing around influential duo Steven Pienaar and Jack Rodwell but the Goodison Park moved to thwart such speculation with his thoughts on the matter.
“We are speaking to Steven and things are ongoing. He’s at a club which really suits him and Everton have been very good to him.
“There’s something ongoing with Jack Rodwell at the moment, too.
“He’s got about four years to go I think. But he’s in talks now about a new contract.
“I don’t feel I need to sell anyone. They’re all under contract. Yeah, there will be some with contracts a bit lower than you want but every club has got the same scenario. I think some of them will look and say, ‘Everton is right for me’.
“It’s a good club. It’s a progressive club and the manager is ambitious to take the club forward.
“A lot of them are really supported here and backed. They know the workings of the club and you know to go somewhere else for a little bit more is not always the answer.” (Various)
Everton are keen to avoid high profile exits, such as those of Wayne Rooney and Joleon Lescott in recent seasons, and Moyes will hope that he can persuade both players that they can fulfill their career aspirations at the Toffees.
South African international Pienaar has been in fine form this season and some reports have suggested that the former Ajax man may be looking to secure a move to a team that can offer him a route back to the Champions League and this being World Cup year such speculation could whirl into action and the Everton boss may find it hard to prevent the attacking midfielder from having his head turned, especially if the club fail to secure European football next term.
Jack Rodwell is another who has been linked with a move away from the club pretty much from the moment he first pulled on a Everton jersey. The England under 21 international has impressed many with his mature performances in the centre of the midfield and some believe that Sir Alex Ferguson sees the teenager as a potential long term replacement for veteran Paul Scholes.
David Moyes will hope that he can invest in his squad in the summer to further prove to those Everton players already targeted by others that the club is in fact moving forward and not stuttering. However as always money may be tough to get hold of and therefore the gruff Scot may look to sell less crucial members of his squad to keep things ticking over.