Toffees keen to keep Fellaini

The Belgian midfielder, who was snapped up from Standard Liege for

£15million in 2008, still has two-and-a-half years left to run

on his current deal. The Toffees are wary of allowing that

agreement to run down, though, having seen Steven Pienaar recently

depart the club for Tottenham after refusing to pen fresh terms.

With money in short supply at Goodison Park, keeping Moyes’ hands

tied in the transfer market, it is vital Everton are able to retain

the services of their other top stars. That includes Fellaini, who

is already reported to be drawing admiring glances from Chelsea,

with some reports in Sunday’s newspapers suggesting Carlo

Ancelotti’s side are planning a summer swoop for the midfielder. On

the contract situation, Moyes said: “I think talks with Fellaini

will start shortly because we don’t want to encourage clubs. “We

don’t want the speculation to start, so hopefully we will get him

sorted. “People will look at our club and think that we’re a

selling club, that we might be vulnerable. “In the main, we have

never had to sell our best players. The ones that have left have

left because they wanted to. “I’ve always had the final decision

and I hope that stays the case.” While Moyes is determined to see

Fellaini stay, the 23-year-old’s father has hinted that a move to

one of Europe’s top clubs could soon be in the offing. “The big

clubs can see what a good job Marouane is doing and that is why

Chelsea are following him intensively,” said Abdellatif Fellaini.

“In his position he’d get into the starting XI at any big club.”