NIKICA JELAVIC has reassured Everton FC supporters he will still be at the club next season – as he targeted even more goals for the Goodison outfit.
Jelavic has been hailed as one of the signings of the season following his £5.5million arrival from Rangers in January.
However, the 26-year-old’s return of 11 goals in 16 games has raised fears among supporters he could be subject to a big-money approach during the summer transfer window.
Such interest could increase should Jelavic enjoy a fruitful European Championships with Croatia next month.
But the striker, who admits he was “afraid” when starting life in the Premier League, insists he is going nowhere.
“Everything is just great – my first season at Everton couldn’t be better,” said Jelavic.
“I have to say thanks to my team-mates. When I came here I immediately felt like we had known each other for many years.
“I signed a four-year deal and I don’t think about going anywhere else.
“I want to become even better and I want to score even more goals next season.”
Jelavic added: “When I signed for Everton I was sure that I would have some problems with the English league which is harder than the Scottish one.
“I didn’t know what to expect. I was a little bit afraid that I might have some problems, but that was not the case.”
With the summer transfer rumour mill cranking into action, Everton were yesterday linked with Sunderland left winger Kieran Richardson and Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez.
Richardson has one year remaining on his current deal with the Black Cats, while England under-21 international Rodriguez scored 21 goals at Turf Moor last season.
However, neither is at present on Moyes’s radar, with the Goodison manager awaiting a meeting with Bill Kenwright before determining his approach over the coming months.