Fellaini signs new Toffees deal

BY foxsports • November 17, 2011

Speculation over Fellaini's future had been growing over recent weeks even though he had 18 months remaining on his existing deal. But Toffees manager David Moyes was always confident he could keep the the Belgium midfielder on board and has now done so. "We are delighted to have secured the services of Marouane for the long term," Everton chief executive Robert Elstone told the club's official website. Elstone added: "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." Fellaini signed from Standard Liege for £15million in 2008 and has impressed in central midfield this season, having overcome injury problems in the past two seasons. Fellaini said that, despite interest from other sides, he wanted to repay the faith of 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 Mikel Arteta in the summer was understandable and he is 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 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."

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