Phil Jagielka admits the summer of speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal was an unsettling period in his life.
The 29-year-old was continually linked with a move to the capital to join up with Arsene Wenger's side but a deal failed to materialise.
Wenger was apparently scared off by the Toffees' £15 million valuation of a player who would have struggled to recoup a similar figure in terms of re-sale value.
Per Mertesacker was eventually brought in to aid the Gunners' brittle defence, while Mikel Arteta was allowed to leave for the Emirates in a £10million deadline-day move.
Jermaine Beckford and Yakubu also left the club as David Moyes tried to revamp his squad.
"I was slightly affected because my name was in the papers a little bit," he told the Liverpool Echo.
"But I spoke to the manager a couple of times and he let me know what was going on. It was difficult. We were all a lot happier when the window shut.
"Unfortunately we had lost Mikel and Jermaine but that's what we needed for the club to go forward. Hopefully we will have a good season and that will be the turning point.
"We've balanced the books and brought a couple of players in on loan who have done really well. We'll go from there."
Moyes has gained the trust of his players during his tenure at Goodison Park with his forthright style of management.
And he played a key role during the summer in keeping the England international abreast of any enquiries during the close season.
"It was difficult because I'm not used to speculation. There wasn't a part of me that expected to go, so it wasn't hard mentally," Jagielka added.
"If I had wanted to go, I'm sure the gaffer would have expected me to kick up a fuss. But me and him had a chat and there was an understanding."