Belgian may now have to stay at Goodison Park next season after all.
New Everton head coach Roberto Martinez has confirmed that the much-talked release clause in Marouane Fellaini’s contract at Goodison Park has now expired, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The tall Belgium international has been the subject of much speculation throughout the close season after it had been revealed that the 25-year-old had a clause in his current Toffees deal, which runs until June 30 2016, stating that the midfield player could leave the club this summer for any team competing in next season’s Uefa Champions League that also bid £22.5 million for his services.
And, with Premier League champions Manchester United understood to be keen on signing Fellaini for the new campaign, the Merseysiders were said to be bracing themselves for a bid from Old Trafford for their star man, especially given the fact that new Red Devils boss David Moyes was the man who first brought the Belgium to the Premier League.
However, United’s hopes of landing Fellaini, who has scored an impressive 32 goals in 173 appearances for Everton in his five years at the club so far, by simply meeting the release clause in his contract are now over after Martinez revealed that ended on July 31.
“Marouane had a clause that was very straightforward, but that finished on July 31,” said Martinez.
“Everyone was a bit expectant. We now focused on adding to the squad.”