Following Everton’s unusually strong start to the season, which has been driven by the midfield performances of Belgian star Marouane Fellaini, rumours linking him with a move to a big money club have been rife amongst both football pundits and sports betting and the online casinos UK. Now those who have chosen to bet on Fellaini’s long-term future lying away from Goodison Park will be feeling they have made the right choice after the player appeared to indicate his plans to move on – either in January or next summer.

“I am just starting my fifth season at Everton. This will be one of my last,” the player is quoted as saying in the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, before adding:

“I have seen everything. In January or at the end of the season I will turn to another club or championship.”

The quotes are unlikely to be well received by the Everton manager David Moyes given that Fellaini is under contract to Everton until 2016, and the midfielder is likely to have some explaining to do when the players return from the international break this week. However, if there is any truth to the quotes it is difficult to see Fellaini’s long-term future being on Merseyside as there will be no shortage of clubs interested in signing him.

Few who gamble at sports betting and online casino sites would have bet on this being the case when Fellaini first arrived at Goodison Park, for a club record fee of £15 million, as his early appearances saw him attract more attention for his wild hairstyle than for his football. Over the last three years however, the Belgian has demonstrated himself to be one of the finest holding midfielders in the Premier League as well as showing an ability to lead the line up-front when required – as Manchester United discovered to their cost in the opening game of the new season.