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Will Chelsea trigger Fellaini buy-out clause?

It's no surprise really, we all know Marouane Fellaini has ambitions to play in the UEFA Champions League.

We all knew for years that the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea had all been keeping a close eye on the Belgian Internationals developments.

So when the 25-year-old signed a new multi-year contract at Goodison in 2011 it was always believed that there would be various clauses in the contract to enable Fellaini to speak to other clubs of a certain level.

That has now been confirmed with The Echo reporting that there is a buy-out clause, but it's higher than the previously reported 22 million and is only valid for clubs in the UEFA Champions League.

So why has this story hit the headlines now? Does Fellaini want to leave Goodison Park during this January transfer window?

The answer to that would appear to be no, so the only reason why this has hit the papers is because Chelsea have of course been a long-term admirer of Fellaini and with speculation regarding Frank Lampard leaving the club the Belgian could be seen as his replacement.

Chelsea have also recently took advantage of a similar buy-out clause to sign Demba Ba from Newcastle, so its currently a hot topic, but don't expect to see any movement on this over the next few weeks.

In fact Fellaini has even made comments trying to dampen down the speculation, by saying two weeks ago: "I have a contract with Everton until 2016, and, if the club want, I will see that out, I know I am hot, and I want to move forward one day, but I will finish my Everton contract if they want me to."

Doesn't sound like a player desperate to run for the exit.

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Writer: Yak Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 9 2013

Time: 11:00AM

Your Comments

we are made to understand that the information on the clause was only made public by Fellaini's agents...It would appear that the time is nigh regarding side show bob Mk 2's Goodison park exit
JohnnyOz
I don't see Fellaini leaving in January, has stated numerous times he wants to see out the season at least with Everton and see if we can achieve top 4, if not he will most likely leave, and it won't be for 22mil, the Everton writer from the Echo has confirmed there is a buyout clause, but it is higher than the 22mil that is being stated, am hoping for nearer to 30mil, and if that is the case and he leaves in the summer, all the best, and we will have a tonne of cash to rebuild with. Although he is integral to our team, we have shown through his suspension that we can cope without him with 2 wins from 3 (and the loss was unlucky and undeserved against Chelsea).
Rob-EFC
Money is talking
na me b chelsea
Every player has a price
na me b chelsea
Just listen to you guys about money! When you probably havent got a pot to pee in yourselves ! The fact is Fellaini has made his mind up to stay.
evertonmandan
 

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