Everton blocked Iwobi exit

Everton in the English Premier League has blocked Alex Iwobi's alleged exit from the club after the midfielder was linked with a shock exit last week.

The Nigerian has been linked with a move to Turkey, with Fenerbahce one of the favourites to sign him on a loan deal.

According to Turkish media outlet A Spor, Iwobi is dissatisfied at Everton and wishes to leave the club. As the Turkish transfer window remains open until yesterday, Fenerbahce emerged as the most appealing destination for the former Arsenal man.

The Turkish giants were hoping to complete the deal before the Turkish window closed on March 5, after the winter transfer window was extended in Turkey due to an earthquake in the Gaziantep region on February 6.

Iwobi is in the final 18 months of his contract, and the Toffees may look to sell him in the summer, according to the report.

However, according to Football Insider, Everton will not sell Iwobi and will oppose any move for the 26-year-old, who remains an important part of Sean Dyche's squad.

The deal with Fenerbahce was said to be nearing completion, but Everton will not let Iwobi leave the club.

Though it is claimed that Iwobi is dissatisfied at Everton, Dyche has responded to the rumours by claiming that he saw the Nigerian today and he appeared happy. The former Burnley manager also stated that a transfer at this time is highly unlikely.

The links to Fenerbahce were surprising, especially given that the Nigerian has been one of the Toffees' best players this season and has maintained his importance under Dyche.

Despite being asked to play out of position on the right flank rather than his preferred central position, Iwobi has shone all season. He has the most assists for Everton, as well as the most chances created and recoveries completed. He has been performing admirably and deserves to have his contract extended.

His influence is critical, and there should be no doubt about selling Iwobi at this point in the season, when Everton is fighting for survival.

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