David Moyes has issued a stern warning to Marouane Fellaini after the midfielder suggested he may leave Everton.
Fellaini, 24, signed a contract last November until 2016 signalling his intent to stay with his current club.
However, when speaking to Flemish newspaper Het Nieuwsblad he said, “I have started my fifth season at Everton. This will be one of my last seasons. I have seen everything. In January, or at the end of the season, I will look for another club or league.”
Fellaini has not retracted the comments although he did write on his Facebook page, “Let me remind you that I am very happy in Liverpoool. Kevin Mirallas and some other good players joined us to make a better squad. So with Everton, I am ready to play all the season and to reach our goals of this season.”
Moyes said, “I think sometimes the players, when they go away on international duty, have their egos massaged and things are said when they maybe think they are talking to a different audience.
“They think maybe they can say things that don’t matter – well, it does matter and I’ve made Marouane aware of that. The transfer window shut a while ago, so it doesn’t really matter. These things happen. I’ve had a word with him and we move on.”
Fellaini has had an impressive start to the season scoring two goals in Everton’s first two games. His form prompted rumours he would be leaving Goodison Park although nothing materialised.