JACK RODWELL is confident he can fulfil his ambitions at Everton.
The highly-rated teenager penned a new five-year deal at the club yesterday amid growing interest from a host of top Premier League clubs.
Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City were all said to be monitoring the player’s situation.
Rodwell revealed he has never felt the need to look any further than Everton, though, who he believes can help him realise his potential and become a full England international.
The Merseyside-born youngster says Everton are on the up and that he had no hesitation signing a new contract.
“It’s not really crossed my mind to leave,” said Rodwell.
“I've been here since I was a kid and I’ve been happy ever since. I was perfectly happy to sign my new deal.
“I feel like I can fulfil all my ambitions here.
“The club has a great squad at the moment and, if everybody is fit, like we showed at the back end of last season, we can do really well.
“I think we can beat the big teams as well. Whoever else the manager adds to the squad, if any, it’s going to help us even more. If you look at the squad when everyone’s fit it is really good.”
Rodwell made 36 appearances last season and is a key figure in David Moyes’ plans to take the club forward.
Moyes has helped oversee Rodwell’s development from Academy graduate to first team regular.
And the 19-year-old paid tribute to his manager, who was a defining factor in him committing to Everton until at least 2015.
“I’m comfortable at this club,” he said.
“It’s a great club. The fans are passionate, all the players play for the shirt and the manager is brilliant with blooding young players.
“His track record speaks for itself and you’re more than happy to play for a manager like that. The gaffer knows me well and that’s a big issue for me and I enjoy working under him.
“I like to get game time. I got a bit last season and hopefully this season I can get even more.
“It’s definitely not about money. I love the game, I love to play football and that’s the main thing.
“Hopefully more games will come and whatever else happens that’s a bonus for the international scene.”
An England under-21, Rodwell is tipped to become a full international in the coming years.
Signing a five-year deal shows he believes Everton can help him achieve that goal.
“It would be brilliant to play for the senior England team,” said Rodwell.
“It would obviously show I am playing as good as I can be for Everton, and hopefully sooner rather than later that can happen. There hasn’t been any contact from England.
“You hear rumours in the papers and stuff saying he’s got a shot, but I don’t really look into that sort of stuff.
“I play for the 21s now and maybe next season even more so. Hopefully I can kick on now and see what happens.”