Anthony Gordon insists he was never "desperate to leave Everton" after being linked with a move to Chelsea in the recent transfer window.
Reports claimed Chelsea were willing to pay up to £60million to prise the 21-year-old away from Goodison Park, while Tottenham and Newcastle United were also rumoured to be interested.
However, the move never materialised and Gordon has enjoyed a promising start to the season for the Toffees, scoring twice in their opening seven matches.
And while the forward expected speculation over a possible exit, he was never the one pushing for a move.
"That's [speculation] part and parcel of football," Gordon told reporters.
"When you're doing well there's always going to be speculation. But the place is so good that it's never been a case of being desperate to leave Everton.
"We're in a completely different place to last year. It's class, the morale is unbelievable and I couldn't speak highly enough of it. We've made really good signings, people and players. There's just a feel-good [feeling] around the place.
"I like playing with pressure. I feel I thrive on it. If I want to be a top player, I have to do that regardless. I feel I’ve handled it well, but I can still score more goals and stuff."
Gordon featured for England Under-21s against Germany on Tuesday, playing a part in two goals in a 3-1 victory.
And Gordon's sights are firmly set on making the squad for the senior side's upcoming World Cup campaign, even if he accepts he has plenty of work to do.
He added: "If I didn't have that ambition [to make the squad for Qatar], I'd be a bit stupid.
"They're always auditions, particularly in the Under-21s. But I understand the squad is so good it's going to be tough to get in.
"I'm 100 per cent focused on making the World Cup squad. If it doesn't happen, it's out of my control but I'll give it my best try. To get there, I'm going to need to score a lot of goals but I'm ready for the challenge and hopeful."