David Moyes has dismissed suggestions by Mikel Arteta's agent that the Everton midfielder will not be able to fulfil his international ambitions if he remains at the club.
The Basque schemer has never represented his country, despite being named Everton's player of the year for the past two seasons, and his agent Inaki Ibanez stated earlier in the week that: "If he was at one of the best four clubs in England or Spain he would be an international."
This has been interpreted in some sections of the media as the agent welcoming interest from one of the elite clubs, but Moyes does not believe Ibanez's argument holds water.
"I only read them this morning and I thought they were a load of rubbish," Moyes told the club's official website. "I have spoken with Mikel and it's nonsense."
Arteta, who signed a new contract in the summer to tie him to Everton until 2012, is unfortunate that Spain coach Luis Aragones boasts talents such as Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Albert Riera spread across his midfield.