Cenk Tosun has hinted he will see out his Everton contract before leaving on a free transfer next summer.
The Blues striker is recovering from a second major knee injury in as many seasons and is not expected to be fit again until the autumn.
Tosun joined former club Besiktas on loan at the end of January but suffered a torn patella tendon last month and underwent surgery.
The 29-year-old also underwent knee surgery last year when he sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury in training at Crystal Palace.
This summer, Tosun will enter the final year of his Everton contract and though a move in the January window is a possibility, the Turkey international has suggested he will still be a Blues player until the end of next June.
“I will return to Everton, but Besiktas is my home”, Tosun was quoted as telling Hurriyet, and as cited by insidefutbol.com
“We will see what happens after my contract with Everton ends.”
Tosun has scored 11 goals in 58 appearances for Everton since joining from Besiktas in January 2018 as Sam Allardyce's first signing.