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Fellaini says he will see out his Everton contract

The Belgian returns for Wednesday’s clash with Newcastle, following his suspension for headbutting Ryan Shawcross.

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EVERTON’S MAROUANE FELLAINI says he will stay at Everton until the end of his contract in 2016, but that he does want to play at a higher level.

Manchester United are just one team that has been linked with the Belgian midfielder, but he says he is happy to remain at Goodison Park as long as the club can afford to keep him.

“I want to go higher in football but I have a contract with Everton until 2016 and, if they want me to, I will see it out to the end,” said the Belgian.

The 25-year-old has been the Toffees’ standout performer this season, but his idiotic headbutt on Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross saw him suspended for three Premier League matches.

Fellaini returns for Wednesday’s match against Newcastle, and his manager David Moyes has urged him to be more like Lionel Messi and not react to players that try to unsettle him.

“The best person you have to look at is Lionel Messi. Every person targets him, they’ll do everything,” Moyes said in the Daily Star.

“But all he ever does is get up and get on with it. That’s the sign of a top player. It says to people, ‘Whatever you do, it doesn’t affect me’.

“I tell Felli that you just have to get on with it. If I was playing against Felli, I’d try and wind him up.”

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