Fellaini: Champions League football could prolong my Everton stay

The 25-year-old Belgium international has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park to a host of top European teams, but hopes his current club can match his ambitions

Marouane Fellaini has stated that he may extend his stay at Everton beyond the end of this season if the club qualify for the Champions League.

After finding a new lease of life in a more advanced role behind striker Nikica Jelavic recently, interest in the Belgium international has increased – with Goal.com revealing in September that Chelsea were eyeing Fellaini as a long-term replacement for Frank Lampard.

And Fellaini believes Everton can qualify for the Champions League this season, but underlined his personal desire to "go to the next level".

"I want to play in the Champions League, and if Everton finish in the top four then I'm happy to stay here - I'd love to do that with Everton," Fellaini told the Daily Mirror.

"I want to do that. I want to improve as a player, and I want to give everything for Everton.

"They brought me here from Standard Liege and gave me my chance to play in the Premier League, and I always want to repay them for that.

"I had two big injuries and they stuck by me and I worked very hard to come back from them. I feel good now in terms of my fitness, and I want to go to the next level, in the Champions League."

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The Merseyside club currently sit in fifth in the Premier League, and Fellaini feels that the squad is good enough, particularly with a few January additions, to compete in Europe.

He added: "We've got some very good players here, but if we can bring in one or two more in January then it will be a big, big help.

"There is a lot of quality in the team, and a lot of ambition, and I hope Everton will finish in the top four.

"I know I have my special look with my big hair, but I play football, and being good enough to play in the Champions League is what I want to be known for."

With Everton facing off against the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and champions Manchester City before the end of December, Fellaini has warned his team-mates that they must start earning points against the league’s bigger sides if they are to finish in the top four.

He added: "This is a big month for us, we'll know a lot more about how well we can do this season afterwards.

"We are playing the big teams, and we will see a lot more about where we stand after we play them. We have a lot of points up for grabs and it can make a big difference.

"But we think we are good enough. We have the quality, and we have to score more goals to take the points we deserve."