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James McCarthy not planning on leaving Everton anytime soon

James McCarthy says he is "loving life" at Everton and has dismissed suggestions that he might be tempted away from the club.

McCarthy, 24, has been linked with a move to Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal after making a positive impression at Goodison Park.

There has also been uncertainty over the possibility of a contract extension for the Republic of Ireland international, with Everton manager Roberto Martinez stating repeatedly that there is no hurry to sort one out.

McCarthy is two years into the deal he signed when arriving from Wigan for £13 million in 2013, and he plans to be a part of the club's long-term future.

"It is news to me if a club is going to come in and buy me in the summer," he is quoted as saying by the Guardian. "I have not spoken to anyone. I have not heard anything.

"I have got time on my contract here. As it stands, I am tied down just now anyway. I am happy here. Nothing has changed from day one. I love it and I am still loving life.

"The media has done a few stories but I am delighted to be here and I have many years still to come."

Everton have failed to match the domestic form this season that took to them to a fifth-placed Premier League finish last year.

A run of five wins and a draw in their last six league matches, though, has at least pushed them into the top half of the table after a poor sequence of results had threatened to drag them into relegation trouble.

McCarthy, who has struggled with hamstring problems over the last few months, is hopeful that Everton can build on their current momentum next season.

He said: "I have a couple of games with Republic of Ireland this summer and after that I will look after myself and make sure I am ready to go next season. I am sure the manager and the physios will give me a programme to make sure I am keeping on top of things.

"It has been a very frustrating campaign for myself. Each and every one of us wants to get better and I hope we can kick on. We want to finish this season on a high and next season we need to go again. We want to be pushing for European places, Champions League places. We want to have a go again."