Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini’s buyout clause expired at the end of July
The Belgium international was thought to be on his way to either Arsenal or Manchester United as both Arsene Wenger and David Moyes looked to strengthen their squads.
Everton boss Martinez said: “Marouane had a buy-out clause where it was very straightforward. If someone met that valuation, the club had no say.
“That finished on July 31 so you can imagine during that period everyone was a bit expectant about what would happen. Once that date went, you just focus on working for the next season.
“I’m not concerned at all at the moment (about players leaving).
“The window is open and until it closes you’re going to get speculation, you’re going to get a lot of talk, not just at Everton. It’s the norm.”
The new Everton manager is still in the market for a few new signings for the Toffee’s, but with teenagers John Stones and Ross Barkley coming on he is quietly confident with the squad he has got.
“I’ve been very impressed with the youngsters,” the Spaniard said.
“Ross Barkley and John Stones have really surprised me. I knew they had a fantastic future, but what they’ve got is a very special present, and that excites me.
“You always need to keep looking to try to help the players we’ve got at the club but we’re not looking for a specific number. If we don’t bring anyone in, I’ll be happy.”