He said: "The transfer talk was a nice distraction but it was a distraction.
"I didn't know what was happening with Everton and it was an up and down situation. I wanted it to pass.
"Ryan and I live in Manchester and I see Wes all the time, he's one of my close mates and they talk to me about what's going on.
"In January, I needed people to talk to and they were the only people involved in football that I could speak to as a friend.
"They said, 'It's good but just keep your performances going and if it happens, it happens."