Fellaini wants out.. or does he?

Posted by Luke O'Farrell

Marouane Fellaini
PA PhotosFellaini: Agreed five-year deal in November

"I begin my fifth season at Everton. This will be one of my last. I've seen everything. In January or at the end of the season I would look for another club or league."

According to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, those are the words of Marouane Fellaini. On the surface, there is no reason to doubt the story. However, the newspaper's bizarre claim that fans call him "The Perminator" will lead to many doubting the validity of the quotes.

In recent months, when speaking about Everton, the midfielder has spoken with optimism and passion. Upon signing his new five-year deal in November, Fellaini explained his decision. Speaking to BBC Radio Merseyside, he said: "I signed because the club has ambition. I'm happy with my team-mates, the manager, the staff and the direction from the chairman".

Since Fellaini's new deal and his talk of ambition, Everton have been in fine form. From January 1st to the end of the season, only the two Manchester clubs picked up more points. The club's form and recent transfer activity are testament to the ambition Fellaini spoke of when signing his contract.

Upon closer inspection, Everton's recent form is enough to satisfy even the grandest ambitions. The West Brom blip aside, Everton have won three of their opening four matches. With just four defeats in 27 matches, Everton are on the up. Prior to the Hawthorn's defeat, Everton equalled the club's Premier League record for unbeaten matches (11).

Prior to the opening day win over Manchester United, Fellaini spoke about the club's prospects in the 2012-13 season. "Everton needs to start well as we can qualify for the Europa League or Champions League if we do," he said. "Every year we finish really well, but if we can start and finish really well then we will be in Europe".

When interviewed after his match-winning display against United, Fellaini spoke about the Everton fans with great affection. "Every week, Everton supporters are the best. When you score against a big team, you are happy and give everything for the supporters".

Social media has gone into frenzy since the story broke. Football fans are a fickle bunch with Everton's best player suddenly overrated or inconsistent. Given Everton's position of power in this situation, these quotes are the proverbial storm in a teacup.

Assuming the worst and engaging the possibility that the quotes are true, Everton have no reason to panic. With four years left on his current deal, the club are in a healthy position. The contract length means there is no pressure to sell and only an astronomical bid would secure his signature.

Given his recent quotes via official channels, the Belgian appears settled at Goodison. With the club showing fresh ambition, Fellaini is part of a progressive club. If the club and player progress as they have been, then he can achieve his ambitions at Goodison Park.

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