Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has revealed that he wants to play in the Champions League, fuelling rumours over a possible transfer to Manchester United in the summer. The Premier League champions have been heavily linked with the player following news of David Moyes' planned move to Old Trafford, where he will take over the reins from the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson.
Fellaini has previously been linked with a move to Chelsea and Arsenal, but United are now favourites to land the player. The midfielder is expected to come in as a replacement for Paul Scholes, who has announced his retirement. However, the Belgian insists that he wants to play Champions League football with Everton, something that is impossible next season.
"Every player wants to play in the Champions League. That is the big competition. I hope I can do it with Everton. I'm happy here. I've been at the club for five years. I'm happy because I know everybody. For my future, I want to play in England. The Premier League is the best league. Here there are five, six, seven, eight teams, all of whom think they are good enough to play in the Champions League and want that. There isn't another country in Europe where you get that," Fellaini said.
Fellaini transferred to the club in 2008 from Standard Liege for £15m in 2008 and has been in impressive form for Everton. The 25-year-old started 29 league games this season, scoring 11 goals and assisting five. His first goal in the league was against United at Goodison Park, which handed the Red Devils their first defeat of the season. The midfielder has high praise for Moyes, whom he has branded a "good guy".
"The manager is important to the club. He's been here for ten years, so he knows the club, the players, the mentality. He helps the team a lot with their spirit, tactics as well. He is really important for the team. I would say he is a good guy. Yes, when he needs to shout, he shouts. But when he needs to relax, he relaxes. He makes us train hard. Football is like this," the Belgian said.