Kevin Mirallas a very important player for Everton - Roberto Martinez
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has dismissed suggestions that forward Kevin Mirallas is unhappy at Goodison Park.
Mirallas, 28, has not started a league game since the opening day draw with Watford, and reports have hinted that he could look elsewhere.
The Belgium international, who joined Everton in 2012, signed a new contract until 2018 in August, and Martinez said: "I'm not surprised that there have been rumours, but nothing could be further from the truth.
THE BEST OF ESPN FC
- Bell: Liverpool fans make themselves heard
- Cox: Leicester improving | Why Poch should stay
- Okwonga: Man United's market | City's title hopes
- Laurens: PSG's pre-UCL issues | Hertha's curse
- Highlights (U.S. only): Stuttgart 1-3 BVB
- FC TV: Champions League W2W4 | LVG wrong
- News | Transfer | Toe Poke | Fantasy | FC TV | Podcast | MLS
"Kevin has been a very important player while I've been at the club.
"This season has been challenging for him individually because he had a couple of niggles then he had a sending-off.
"The way he's been working has been very impressive. Kevin is fresher going into the second part of the season, and we'll get the benefit of that.
"He's improved as a footballer. He is a very, very important player for Everton -- and he knows that.
"What he needs now is to get playing time because the start of the season has been frustrating for him."