Everton have ambition – Fellaini

The sale of playmaker Mikel Arteta to Arsenal in the summer and

on-going, long-standing attempts to sell the Toffees have led to

some disquiet among some supporters. A second march by fans group

Blue Union is planned ahead of this weekend’s home match with

Wolves. But Fellaini said despite interest from other sides he

wanted to repay the faith of manager David Moyes and the club. “If

Everton didn’t have ambition, I wouldn’t have signed here,” said

the 23-year-old. “It is a difficult decision because I know one or

two big clubs have been watching me and I had one and a half years

left on my contract. “If I sign, it means I am happy. I have played

for three and a half years for Everton and I am happy with my

team-mates, the manager, the chairman and the direction of the

club. “But my decision was because Everton showed faith in me at

the age of 20 and I signed to show gratitude and my faith in the

club.” Fellaini said the loss of Arteta was understandable but he

was confident the club would be signing players in the future who

would improve the squad. “Mikel Arteta is 28, 29 and has ambition

and wants to move because he played for seven years at Everton,”

the Belgium midfielder added. “Everton gave me a new contract

because they have good ambition. “It is important for Everton

because when I started this season the supporters were not happy

because we were not signing new players. “But in time I think

Everton will sign players for the future. “I think Everton try to

give the maximum for the players. The football has been difficult

this season but everything is good.” Despite the team’s troubles

this season – they have lost six of the past seven and are just

above the relegation zone in the Barclays Premier League – Fellaini

said the spirit was good within the squad. “Everton is family. The

players – Leighton Baines, Phil Neville, Phil Jagielka – are a

great example and I have a good relationship with the French guys

Louis Saha and Sylvain Distin,” he said. That feeling of being at

home has been encouraged by Moyes, who signed Fellaini for

£15million in the summer of 2008. “The manager gives me a lot

of confidence. He bought me for a lot of money and maybe it was a

bit of a gamble,” he added. “First time I signed, I signed because

the manager gave me confidence.” With the midfielder, who had 18

months remaining on his previous deal, impressing this season

Everton chief executive Robert Elstone said it was important to

keep him at Goodison Park. “We are delighted to have secured the

services of Marouane for the long term,” he told evertonfc.com. “As

everyone is aware these negotiations have been ongoing for some

time but both parties remained positive that we would reach

agreement. “Marouane has been a hugely influential player for

Everton since his arrival in 2008 and we hope that remains to be

the case for the next five years.”