Anichebe committed to Everton

Reports emanating over the weekend suggested Anichebe, who is in

the final six months of his current deal, had rejected a lucrative

new contract to extend his stay at Everton. It had been claimed by

some mischievous reports that the highly-rated striker had shunned

a three-year extension on £30,000 a week. As a result of the

misleading reports Anichebe found himself jeered by a section of

the Everton faithful when he came off the bench against Wigan on

Saturday. Anichebe is in the dark as to where the rumours of his

contract negotiations came from and is keen to set the record

straight to the Everton fans. A number of clubs across the

continent are thought to be monitoring Anichebe’s situation at

Goodison Park as with the player turning 23 in April under FIFA

regulations he could leave Everton for free when his contract

expires next summer. However, Anichebe is keen to sort out his

future and stay at Everton if everything can be agreed. “Obviously,

of course I want to stay at Everton,” Anichebe told

“I have been here since I was a boy and I have grown up at the

club. “The whole situation over the weekend about my contract was a

bit crazy to be honest. “I don’t know where it leaked from that I

supposedly turned down an offer of £30,000 a week. “That is

not the case at all. I have not been offered anything like the

figures that have been bandied about in the press. “I want the fans

to know I would never disrespect the club in any or disrespect the

fans. “I am happy at the club, happy with the players, happy with

the manager and I don’t have any problem with anyone at the club.”

Anichebe admits he was upset to be singled out for abuse by some

fans over the contract rumours and conceded it was the worst

experience in his career “I spoke to the manager the other day and

he didn’t understand where it came from either and he was shocked

by the reception I got when I came on against Wigan. “I was quite

shocked by the reaction from some fans and to be honest it was

quite upsetting because of the fact I have come through the ranks

and the fans have always been so good to me throughout my time at

the club. “It was probably the worst day I have had as a footballer

the reception I got and even the build up to it. “I understand that

some of them will believe what they read in the papers, but I want

to reassure them I would never disrespect the club or them in any

way. “I am like the fans I know what Everton means to them. “It was

hard what happened to me, but I have great team-mates around me and

Tim Cahill, Phil Neville and Phil Jagielka have helped me a lot.

“The main thing for me is to train hard and play as many games as

possible as I have had two tough injuries over the last 18 months

and I just want to leave all the negotiations with my advisers who

deal with that side of things.”