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Fellaini cools Everton exit talk

ESPN staff
May 30, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has played down talk of a summer transfer.

Fellaini, 25, has been linked with Chelsea for some time, while David Moyes' switch from Everton to Manchester United has led to regular speculation about a move to Old Trafford.

The Belgium international had told the media in his homeland in recent days that "everyone likes to ask me that question about Manchester United about ten times" but that he knows nothing.

Fellaini said he expected the situation "to be clarified in the coming weeks", but in an interview with dhnet.be he indicated that he was not seeking a move away from Goodison Park.

"I believe that everything relating to the transfer should remain private, but it's clear that I am happy where I am," Fellaini said. "All the talk is just 'blah, blah, blah'."

Fellaini had earlier appeared to suggest that 2012-13 would be his final season with Everton, but he said: "No, I was told that it was my final year. That is quite different."

Asked if he wanted to stay so as to avoid any risk to his place with the Belgian national team ahead of the World Cup next summer, Fellaini said: "That is not my thinking. I think that challenges are exciting."

The midfielder said Moyes' switch to Old Trafford "changes nothing", adding: "He received a good offer and I understand why he accepted it, but he has never told me that I was part of his project with United. It's only in the press that I've read that.

"I think that's part of the game actually. It just washes over me. It's already been written that I had signed for Chelsea, but I find that I'm actually still here."

When it was suggested that people felt a move to Chelsea was his destiny, Fellaini replied: "My destiny is Everton. It's as simple as that. You never know what will happen, but we are talking about one of the greatest clubs in England. The framework is in place.

"It is in this sense that I mean the departure of the coach changes nothing. Despite everything he has done for the club, we still have enough quality to shine."

The former Standard Liege star said the failure to qualify for the Champions League was a disappointment but not decisive.

"It's true that it is something that I miss, but this season we deserved to book our place in the Champions League," Fellaini said. "We were unlucky, but then Tottenham had a great season too. But this is not the basis for my decision."

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