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Martinez will not pressure Fellaini to stay

9 June 2013 12:47

New Everton boss Roberto Martinez will not speak to Marouane Fellaini about his future, despite speculation about a potential departure.

Fellaini has been widely linked with a move to Manchester United following former Everton manager David Moyes' move to Old Trafford, with Arsenal also thought to be rivalling bidders.

And with Fellaini having a reported release clause of 22 million pounds, Martinez may have no say in the future of the Belgian midfielder.

But Martinez – who says speculation surrounding Fellaini is unavoidable – revealed he will not hold talks with the 25-year-old in a bid to convince him to stay.

"I don't think it's an issue at all with Marouane," Martinez said.

"Transfer speculation is unstoppable when you have been as successful as Everton. You will always get other teams who admire and want to take your best players. That's normal and happens everywhere. It happens at Real Madrid, at Manchester United and Everton.

"So there's nothing we have to speak about.

"What I want is him to be ready for the next season, be ready to take an important role at the football club, and understand that it is a big season for him – for the club – and to get into the Belgium team to try to win the World Cup.

"I really don't believe Marouane is thinking, 'am I going to be here?' I don't think that is in his head."

Martinez has already been linked with moves for former Wigan players James McCarthy and Callum McManaman, with the latter released by Everton at the age of 16.

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