Everton Boss Roberto Martinez Desperate To Keep Marouane Fellaini

Belgian midfielder is central to new manager’s plans.

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has insisted that it is vital that Everton keep a hold of Marouane Fellaini, believing that he will continue to play a key role in the side’s engine room, Sky Sports reports.

The 25-year-old has been linked with a move away from Merseyside since the January transfer window with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal all said to be interested, though as of yet no formal offers have been tabled.

The Toffees are under no obligation to sell, but he has continuously expressed his desire to test himself in the Champions League, and it is believed that any interested parties will have to meet the £24 million release clause in his contract to prize him away from Goodison Park.

However, that clause expires on 14 August, meaning any interested club have until then to make an offer.

But Martinez has insisted that he will resist all offers for the Belgian international, seeing him as a vital part of his plans as he prepares to take over from David Moyes.

“Marouane is an international footballer and he’s going to be involved, if all goes well, in a World Cup next year,” he told the club’s official website.

“He’s had a fantastic impact in the Premier League and hopefully now is the time he can carry on showing his massive influence in the game for us.

“He’s still a very young man but I am really looking forward to seeing Marouane working hard and making sure that he sets really good standards at this club. We have a very good group of senior players in our dressing room, and some players need that extra bit of responsibility.

“We have youngsters at the club and they need to get opportunities but the senior players at the club are massively important to start the season as strong as we can be.”

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