MAROUANE FELLAINI has declared he is happy to stay at Everton beyond next summer – provided the club qualify for the Champions League.
Fellaini’s future has been the subject of intense speculation ever since the Belgium international intimated in September that this would be his last season at Goodison.
It prompted rumours of renewed interest in the 25-year-old with Chelsea and Arsenal having subsequently again been linked.
Fellaini has been Everton’s stand-out performer this season, their leading scorer with six goals and a driving force behind their challenge to a top-four finish.
And the midfielder believes if his ambitions can be realised at Goodison then there is no reason to push for a transfer, while calling for more reinforcements in the New Year transfer window.
“If Everton finish in the top four then I’m happy to stay because I want to play in the Champions League,” said Fellaini. “I’d be happy to do that at Everton. I want to do that.
“We’ve got some very good players here, but if we can bring in one or two more in January then it will be a big, big help.”
Fellaini will sit out Saturday’s Premier League visit of Norwich City as he serves a one-match suspension having accrued a fifth yellow card in last weekend’s shock 2-1 defeat at struggling Reading.
The Belgian will return for next Wednesday’s visit of Arsenal, the first of a run of three difficult games in 12 days that sees Everton travel to champions Manchester City next weekend and then entertain Tottenham Hotspur the following Sunday.
And Fellaini added: “The run of games we have coming up will have a big impact on our season.
“This is a big month for us, we’ll know a lot more about how well we can do this season afterwards. We have a lot of points up for grabs and it can make a big difference.”