"I'm delighted to be here and have many years still to come" says midfielder who claims there have been NO approaches about a summer switch to a bigger club.
James McCarthy has committed his future to Everton by insisting he is going nowhere in the summer.
Amid talk of a move to a bigger club at the end of the season, the midfielder says he has NOT been approached by anyone - and dismissed suggestions of disappointment he hasn’t been offered a new contract by the Goodison side.
After scoring in Sunday's 3-0 win over Manchester United, he said: “Honest to God, 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.
“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 am delighted to be here and I have many years still to come.”
McCarthy, who has been linked with Tottenham and their bitter North London rivals Arsenal this season, has revealed how he’s been let off the leash to transform the end of the Toffees’ relegation-haunted season, and is relishing the responsibility.
Evrton have won five of their last six matches, a run that has catapulted them away from the drop zone they’ve flirted with all season - and confirmed their new-found form with the brilliant defeat of a United side who had won six on the bounce in the league.
McCarthy’s Man of the Match display was the inspiration behind the triumph, and revealed his fine opening goal was a direct result of being given a licence to get forward more by manager Roberto Martinez.
“We have been working in training on a different style of play and a few things and obviously the gaffer he is letting me push on - he is letting me off the leash a little maybe!” the Ireland international explained.
“Gareth Barry is sitting in there and I have to try to get back and help defensively, but he has just said to me that he wants to try to get more goals in my game.
“The most important thing is the team and I am delighted on a personal note to get a goal and I want to try to kick on now until the end of the season, but the gaffer has told me to get forward more and try to get a few goals into my game and it has been good to get on the score-sheet.”
It has been good for Everton too, but has also served to highlight just how disappointing they were until almost the end of February, when league results finally turned around.
That has coincided with McCarthy's return to fitness and regular appearances, and he admitted he needs to have a look at his preparation for next season to ensure he doesn’t suffer the same frustrations.
“I will look after myself obviously and make sure I am ready to go next season. I have a couple of games with Ireland and after that I will look after myself," said the 24-year-old.
"I will rest when I need to rest and I am sure the gaffer and the physios will give me a programme to make sure I am keeping on top of things.
"It has been frustrating - a very frustrating campaign for myself. In terms of the league each and every one of us wants to get better and hopefully we can try and kick on to be honest.
"We have gone on a decent enough run now and we want to finish this season on a high and next season we need to go again.”