Everton FC have the option to extend Kevin Mirallas’ contract by a year beyond the end of his current deal.
Speculation continues to link the Belgium flyer with a move away from Goodison Park and a number of clubs around Europe are said to be interested.
But the Blues are unmoved by the rumours because Mirallas is on a long-term agreement with the club.
The 27-year-old’s contract runs out in the summer of 2016 but Everton will have the opportunity to extend those terms by an additional 12 months.
Mirallas told the ECHO recently that he will discuss his contract situation at the end of the season and the Blues are also relaxed about his future at the club.
Kevin Mirallas celebrates with manager Roberto Martinez
Preliminary talks over a new contract are understood to have already taken place with Mirallas’ representatives but Everton know there is no urgency to strike a new deal despite the growing number of clubs said to be admirers of the former Olympiakos man.
Manager Roberto Martinez said earlier this month: “The contract talks are not a concern at all. It is a long, long contract from our point of view.”
Everton are also calm despite Sampdoria’s continued pursuit of Samuel Eto’o.
The Blues want to keep the 33-year-old at the club and despite noise from the Italian’s camp earlier this week that the transfer was near to completion, Everton say that is not the case.
The ECHO understands that it will be next week at least – when Martinez and the Everton squad return from Qatar where they are on a warm weather training camp – before a resolution in Eto’o’s transfer saga is found.
The Catalan has used the enforced break to take his players away from Merseyside with the aim of putting together a focused set of training sessions while also using the trip to bond the squad.
Everton have included a number of their Academy graduates in the travelling party and Martinez says the week is a perfect chance for them to impress.
“I think the younger players, the ones who have been involved with the first team, have a unique opportunity to show that they are ready,” said Martinez.
“They want to carry on participating with the first team.
“I think young Conor McAleny, who has had a difficult start to the season, has had a very good period of working consistently. This time away will be important to highlight how fresh and how sharp he is looking.
“It is the same for Tyias Browning and Luke Garbutt. We also have Jindrich Stanek joining the group on top of Russell Griffiths, and those are footballers that we feel have the potential to contribute to the first team.
“That is something that is going to be tested in that environment.”
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