McCarthy: I love it at Everton and have many years to come

Everton midfielder James McCarthy has come out in response to continued newspaper speculation about his future by admitting that he loves life at Everton and hopes to be here for a long time.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder has been the centre of numerous transfer stories, but says that his main aim now is to get fit over the summer so that he can enjoy a good season for the toffees next season.

McCarthy said: “I have got time on my contract here. As it stands, I am tied down just now anyway. I am happy here. Nothing has changed from day one. I love it and I am still loving life. I have not heard anything. It is news to me if a club is going to come in and buy me in the summer. I have not spoken to anyone. I have not heard anything. The media has done a few stories but I am delighted to be here and I have many years still to come.”

“I have a couple of games with Ireland this summer and after that I will look after myself and make sure I am ready to go next season. I am sure the manager and the physios will give me a programme to make sure I am keeping on top of things. It has been a very frustrating campaign for myself. Each and every one of us wants to get better and hopefully we can kick on. We want to finish this season on a high and next season we need to go again. We want to be pushing for European places, Champions League places, we want to have a go again.”

McCarthy has now scored twice in four games after only scoring once in his whole Everton career and he admits that Roberto Martinez has released his shackles a little bit recently and it’s working.

“We have been working in training on a different style of play. The manager is letting me push on,” he said. “Gareth Barry is sitting in there and I have to try to get back and help defensively but the manager wants to try to get more goals in my game. He is letting me off the leash a little.”

 

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