According to some media reports, James McCarthy has told Everton he is looking to leave the club this Summer.
The reason they say is that McCarthy has seen Ross Barkley, John Stones and his good mate, Seamus Coleman sign 4 and 5 year contracts last Summer.
With Tom Cleverley signing on a reported £50,000 a week contract, McCarthy, meanwhile, remains one of the lowest paid players in Everton's first-team.
In March 2014, Roberto Martinez said: "We are already thinking about Ross, John Stones, and Seamus.
"I call it the young generation coming through. We want to reward them, even James McCarthy. That is something we will look at this summer. They are players with long-term contracts.
"It is not a decision just to keep them at the club; it just highlights the next step of their development and rewards them for their performances.
"Seamus has got a long-term contract. James has got the same. But we want to reward them.
"The way we work, there is a structure in the salaries and everything goes down to your role at the club.
"James has now gone past the role that he was expected to have. I think that he has become an important member of the squad and that needs to be rewarded in his salary.
"We just want to make sure that we grow together and we need players like Seamus and James.
"We hope that he will feel excited about developing with the football club and I think with the young players we have got in the club - Seamus, Ross, James McCarthy - they are footballers I believe to be of the highest, highest level. We need to grow together."
While Barkley, Stones and Coleman have their contracts, McCarthy has not.
In an interview with Blue Kipper last month Roberto said: "What excites me about next season is what we've got. The players who come in have got to give us that extra bit and make us better. The excitement is what we've got. John Stones, Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku, Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy. And then there's the experienced players like Leon Osman, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines. There is a real strong group of players. We need to be very precise in what we want to bring in and attract the right player that we need and the right personality. It's not about finances. It's not about money. I'm delighted with the young players we have at the club. We need to bring in a centre half, we need to bring in a playmaker - a number 10, we need to bring in a wide player and maybe another player to increase the numbers in the squad, but with the level to perform."
A source close to McCarthy (According to some media outlets) said: "This is not about money, in no way shape or form.
"It is about respect, and there is little doubting that James and his representatives feel that that Everton have shown him very little in the past 12 months. It is now a matter of principle."
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