United agree Baines and Fellaini pact
14th May 2013 11:33am BST
David Moyes has agreed not to pursue a £40 million swoop for Everton aces Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.
Although talks between Moyes and chairman, Bill Kenwright, were friendly and ‘professional’ when the 51-year-old quit the Merseyside club last week, SportsDirect News has learned an agreement prohibiting Manchester United from snaring Everton’s two biggest names has been agreed by the man chosen by the Old Trafford hierarchy to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson.
“We’re confident Baines and Fellaini will be with us next season,” a senior Everton source revealed.
“The chairman and manager had very constructive talks last week, and while we couldn’t do anything to prevent David joining United, we have been able to gain an agreement that means nothing will be done to unsettle Leighton and Marouane.
“We need our best players here for whoever takes over the reins. So selling our best assets is not an option.”
The news will be welcome relief for Everton fans, who have become increasingly concerned in recent days that the exit of Moyes could lead to an exodus of the club’s most talented players – starting with Baines and Fellaini.
“Both are critical to the future success of Everton,” added the source. “They are integral to our plans going forward.”