Supporters booed Nigerian against Wigan AthleticEverton striker Victor Anichebe has revealed that he is still committed to the club and hopes his contract dispute can be resolved so he can remain at Goodison Park.
Reports that were circulated the weekend suggested that Anichebe, who is in his last six months of his current deal, had rejected a lucrative contract to stay at the Merseyside club, with some saying the highly rated striker turned down a three-year extension worth £30,000-a-week.
This also led to many of the fans jeering when he came off the bench in Saturday’s game against Wigan Athletic.
However, Anichebe is confused about where the rumours came from and is keen to set the record straight to get the Everton fans back on side, amid interest from teams across the continent to secure his services.
"Obviously, of course I want to stay at Everton," Anichebe told skysports.com.
"I have been here since I was a boy and I have grown up at the club.
"The whole situation over the weekend about my contract was a bit crazy to be honest.
"I don't know where it leaked from that I supposedly turned down an offer of £30,000 a week.
"That is not the case at all. I have not been offered anything like the figures that have been bandied about in the press.
"I want the fans to know I would never disrespect the club in any way or disrespect the fans.
"I am happy at the club, happy with the players, happy with the manager and I don't have any problem with anyone at the club."
Anichebe also revealed that he was upset after being singled out by fans, leading him to say that it was the worse experience of his career.
"I spoke to the manager the other day and he didn't understand where it came from either and he was shocked by the reception I got when I came on against Wigan,” he added.
"I was quite shocked by the reaction from some fans and to be honest it was quite upsetting because of the fact I have come through the ranks and the fans have always been so good to me throughout my time at the club.
"It was probably the worst day I have had as a footballer the reception I got and even the build-up to it.
"I understand that some of them will believe what they read in the papers, but I want to reassure them I would never disrespect the club or them in any way.
"I am like the fans, I know what Everton means to them.
"It was hard what happened to me, but I have great team-mates around me and Tim Cahill, Phil Neville and Phil Jagielka have helped me a lot.
"The main thing for me is to train hard and play as many games as possible as I have had two tough injuries over the last 18 months and I just want to leave all the negotiations with my advisers who deal with that side of things."
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