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Everton’s Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta has admitted he would be happy to sign a new long-term contract at Goodison, amid speculation that he was being lined up for a return to his homeland.

The Spaniard has been Everton’s most impressive performer this season and his influential displays have caused him to be linked with a possible move to Atletico Madrid on numerous occasions.

Arteta has reiterated his desire to stay in England and confirmed that that he would be keen to lengthen his stay.

“I am fed up with it all. They are taking my words and putting them into whatever context they want to. It’s getting on my nerves,” Arteta told the club’s official website.

“I keep saying that I am really happy here and that is true. I think that the club wants to do something in the summer and we will see what happens.

“But if they want me to stay for a long time and are happy with me, I will be happy to do that.

“I am committed to this club, I feel really happy here and I feel that I am an important part of the team.

“I like all the people at the club, I am made to feel welcome by people in the city and there is no reason why I should leave.

“Every time I am asked the question (by someone in Spain) it ends up coming out that I want to go home but that is not the case,” Arteta added.

“It would be a lack of respect if I spoke about other clubs and I wouldn’t do that anyway. All I can say is that I am really happy here.”

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