We don't need to sell our best players, insists Everton boss Moyes

The Toffees lost midfielders Mikel Arteta and Jack Rodwell in the past 18 months and there are fears they will have to offload again to reduce the club's £46m debt
Everton boss David Moyes has moved to reassure fans that none of the Premier League club’s biggest assets will be sold to supplement transfer funds.

The Toffees currently sit fifth in the table, just two points off a Champions League place, and have a third round FA Cup tie against Cheltenham to contend with as they look to build on a successful season so far.

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Yet despite their good form, the club have made a £9.1 million loss in the past year, adding to a debt now estimated at £46m - although the Scot believes that will not influence an exodus from Goodison Park.

“I don’t really study the ¬figures because it’s not my department. I just know that we sold players last year, but there’s not that kind of pressure this time,” Moyes told reporters.

“We only sold Jack Rodwell recently and last season we sold Mikel Arteta, so we have already raised some money.

“We have got a small amount of money I could use this month, but it’s only enough to get me a loan deal. Last January we had to sell to bring players in, but I’m not planning to sell anyone this time.”

Meanwhile, the 49-year-old revealed that he has not begun contract negotiations about his own future despite his current deal coming to an end in the summer.

“I’ve said I’ll be waiting until after January – probably later than that,” he added.

“I’m more than comfortable. It’s my choice and I do not want anything to get in the way of the team.

“We are playing well and I want us to focus on trying to hang in at the top of the Premier League and to have a good run in the FA Cup.”