Chris Eagles has handed Burnley a boost by suggesting he is keen to stay and help the club try to win promotion to the Premier League next season.
The midfielder rejected a move to SPL champions Rangers last summer before signing a new contract at Turf Moor.
However, during the January transfer window, the former Manchester United youngster had claimed that Everton had shown an interest in a deal.
Eagles admits the speculation was an issue at times, but he is confident Clarets boss Eddie Howe can build a squad capable of pushing for promotion.
"Starting off this season was difficult because there was a lot of speculation whether I was leaving or not," Eagles told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.
"I missed the first four or five games and I didn't know what was happening. But as soon as I started playing I knew I wanted to stay, which is why I signed the new deal.
"It's a shame we didn't get in the play-offs. Teams like QPR and Norwich, who have gone up this year, you couldn't say they've got more than us.
"But there's always next season and I'm sure the gaffer is going to add to the squad."