Over the summer, rumours circulated throughout the football world concerning what was seen as the inevitable departure of Everton superstar's Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines to more illustrious clubs.
Baines, the Blues' premier left-back and one of the most consistent players in the Premier League, was linked for several months to Manchester United, who were looking for a back-up option to aging Patrice Evra. Reports of a £10 million bid spread, but neither club confirmed any offer was made, and local Liverpudlian Baines stayed at Goodison Park.
Fellaini, after links to Chelsea died down fairly early in the transfer window, played his own part in fueling transfer speculation. Particularly, when he put his foot in his mouth last month during international duty with Belgium by claiming he would leave Everton following this season for a new "club or league."
Both players have made over 100 appearances for the Toffees and are fan favorites for their phenomenal attacking play at times. Baines left-sided partnership with Steven Pienaar and Fellaini's strength and aerial dominance when pushed up higher in the midfield make them some of the most dangerous and thrilling footballers in England.
Here are five reasons why the Everton stars should stick with the Blues for at least a few more campaigns.