Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Marouane Fellaini outlines his Champions League ambitions.
The giant Belgian midfielder is desperate to play in Europe’s premier competition and will happily stay at Everton, IF they finish in the top four this season.
Fellaini joined the Toffees over four years ago from Standard Liege and has become one of the most highly-rated midfielders in the Premier League. Speculation has suggested he could be set for a big-money move with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all monitoring him closely over the past year.
Fellaini has told the Mirror that he is desperate to showcase his talents in the Champions League, and while he would love to do it with Everton to repay them for the faith they’ve shown in him, he also hinted that he may consider his future if the Merseysiders fail to finish in the top four this season.
“I want to play in the Champions League, and if Everton finish in the top four then I’m happy to stay here – I’d love to do that with Everton,” he explained.
“I want to do that. I want to improve as a player, and I want to give everything for Everton. They brought me here from Standard Liege and gave me my chance to play in the Premier League, and I always want to repay them for that.
“I had two big injuries and they stuck by me and I worked very hard to come back from them. I feel good now in terms of my fitness, and I want to go to the next level, in the Champions League.”
Fellaini is quoted as saying in the Mirror
Everton have finished in the top four just once in the last fifteen years, back in 2005, as the top four has been largely dominated by Man Utd, Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal in recent years. With Tottenham also making great strides in recent seasons, it’s difficult to see how Everton will break into those top four places and satisfy Fellaini’s need of Champions League football.
Next summer could be a pivotal one in the 24-year-old’s career and one that could finally see him move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs, and finally get a chance to play in the Champions League.
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