Anichebe slams contract claims

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Victor Anichebe has hit back at reports which suggested he is holding Everton to ransom over his contract.

The young striker signed a two-year deal last April, but reports have suggested he is demanding an improvement in his commitment.

Anichebe has responded to the speculation by stating he is happy to have been given a chance to prove his class by Everton and says negotiations with the club are being handled by his agent.

"I am aware that there was speculation in the newspapers about my future but I all I want to do is concentrating on playing football for Everton," he told the club's website

"I have been given a terrific opportunity at this club and everyone here has played a big part in my development.

"The stories about me wanting big money and long deals are simply not true.

"I signed a two-year deal last year, I am happy here, negotiations are ongoing between my agent and the club and I don't envisage any problems."