Everton manager David Moyes has told off Marouane Fellaini after the Belgian had implied this could be his last season at Goodison Park.
The midfielder had made the revelation while on international duty during the recent World Cup qualifiers.
Fellaini has since clarified his stance by insisting he is happy at Everton but he has also been on the receiving end of stern words from Moyes.
The Goodison Park boss said ahead of Monday's game against Newcastle United: "We've had a chat about it, and any disciplinary action is between me and him.
"I do think that sometimes when players go away on international duty their egos are massaged by international journalists and things are said, perhaps because they think they're speaking to different people and they let their guard down a bit.
"These things happen, and we move on. But where's he going to go? The transfer window is shut!
"I won't say there's no chance in the next window because everybody is available throughout the world if the offer is right.
"But one thing I know is the transfer window is closed, so he's not going anywhere right now, and there's three months to the next window, which is a long time."
With Everton unable to rule out the possibility of Fellaini leaving in January, Darron Gibson injured and Ross Barkley loaned to Sheffield Wednesday, Moyes is looking at midfield options.
The Scot has confirmed he has been assessing free agents amid reports linking him with former Aston Villa and West Ham United player Thomas Hitzlsperger.
"I'm a bit worried we do need cover," Moyes said in the Daily Mail.
"I've got to look at players who are out of contract to give us some cover over the next few months. There are not many around. But I am looking without having anything specific at this time."