David Moyes desperate to keep Marouane Fellaini at Everton beyond this season

The midfielder has a clause in his contract that could allow him to leave this summer

David Moyes has stressed the importance of his attacking midfielder Marouane Fellaini, amid reports the Everton top-scorer could be heading for the exit door at the end of the season.

"He is a big part of our squad, not only because of his size," said the 49-year-old. "He is someone that we will be more than happy to see here again next year." 

Fellaini's five-year contract is due to run until 2016, but a release-clause will allow the target man to make a move this summer, providing the buying club have qualified for next season's Champions League.

The midfielder has been pivotal for the Toffees this term, scoring 11 and assisting five of their 49 goals, while performing a more defensive duty on occasion. "He is a good player in either role and is capable of doing both," said Moyes, who believes the player's attacking opportunities will subside as he continues to flourish. "I think as he matures he might grow into a deeper role but currently he does give us a different attacking option and has scored quite a few goals."

But the inevitability of failure to secure a Champions League berth for the eighth successive season may mean the Belgian midfielder's immediate future lies away from Merseyside. 

Despite conceding defeat in his side's pursuit of a top four finish, the Everton boss has lauded the transfer policy at Goodison Park, which has enabled the Merseyside club to consistently compete among the Premier League's elite. "We have chosen those players very wisely and that has given us a chance to compete with the teams at the top and we will continue to try and do that."

Combined with Moyes' shrewd dealings in the transfer window, there is a prospering youth set-up that boasts success stories from the likes of Wayne Rooney, Leon Osman and Victor Anichebe. "I am great believer in giving young boys opportunities, if they are doing well I will always try and put them in the team and give them a chance."

"We have done well in finding some good local talent," said Moyes, who insists the academy's success is founded upon a necessity to take chances on young players. "Having a small squad it means we give them a chance sooner than some other clubs."

Ross Barkley is just one sterling talent to emerge from Everton's Finch Farm training complex, but his progress has been injury-plagued since breaking onto the scene in 2010. After returning from a loan spell at Leeds United, Moyes is all too aware of the dangers of haste. "There is expectation around him and there has been a lot of talk but he has missed a lot of football through injury," he said. "We have to manage him correctly and give him time."

 

For more insight from David Moyes and other leading managers plus exclusive Premier League highlights go to www.yahoo.co.uk/sport

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Keith Fraser says we should give Isis sympathises free flights to join Isis (AFP)
news
Life and Style
Google celebrates the 126th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower opening its doors to the public for the first time
techGoogle celebrates Paris's iconic landmark, which opened to the public 126 years ago today
News
Cleopatra the tortoise suffers from a painful disease that causes her shell to disintegrate; her new prosthetic one has been custom-made for her using 3D printing technology
newsCleopatra had been suffering from 'pyramiding'
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Coachella and Lollapalooza festivals have both listed the selfie stick devices as “prohibited items”
music
Sport
Nigel Owens was targeted on Twitter because of his sexuality during the Six Nations finale between England and France earlier this month
rugbyReferee Nigel Owens on coming out, and homophobic Twitter abuse
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor