Fellaini commits future to Everton

Everton midfielder Marouane FellainiEverton have been handed a huge boost as midfielder Marouane Fellaini has agreed to a new five-year contract that will keep him at the club until June 2016.

The Belgium international’s deal at Goodison Park was due to expire in the summer of 2013, and there were fears on Merseyside that the club would be forced to sell their prize asset this summer to avoid losing him on a Bosman ruling.

However after negotiations over the last number of months Fellaini has put pen to paper on a new contract.

“We’re all pleased that Marouane Fellaini has signed his new contract and we’re looking forward to working with him in the years to come,” coach David Moyes stated.

Club chief executive Robert Elstone has admitted that the agreement is excellent news for the side, and that Fellaini is an important member of Moyes’ squad.

“We are delighted to have secured the services of Marouane for the long term,” Elstone told the club’s official website.

“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,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight