Everton icon Leon Osman has told the club's official website that Goodison Park is the best place for Tom Davies to continue his development into becoming "an all-round midfielder".
Still just 19 years of age, Davies has become a key component of Everton's side under manager Sam Allardyce as a third of the former England manager's midfield three, alongside Wayne Rooney and Idrissa Gueye.
He showed his class against Crystal Palace last time out, as he found the back of the net to safeguard three points for the Toffees with a close-range finish and Everton's third goal. The Toffees won 3-1, with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Oumar Niasse also scoring.
Osman, who clocked up a huge 427 games in all competitions for the Merseyside outfit, believes Davies must remain on Merseyside if he is to further his development as he is playing alongside experienced stars that he can learn from.
“Tom has the energy you need for that position,” Osman said. “He is an old-fashioned player. He can go box-to-box and he can tackle. He is an all-round midfield player, which was lost from the game for a number of years.
“You will learn everything from Wayne Rooney on the pitch. Leighton Baines is a fantastic guy for keeping in shape, eating the right foods and doing everything he can to stay at the top.
"Gylfi Sigurdsson and Phil Jagielka have so much to offer. There are so many different people to learn from for every young player at Everton. It is great that we have a young man like that coming through at Everton."
Davies has been involved in 23 of Everton's 27 Premier League matches this season, with his form being one of the reasons for Davy Klaassen and Morgan Schneiderlin's fall down the pecking order.
With 60 appearances already under his belt for the Toffees, Davies has been linked with a move away from Merseyside. Chelsea were reportedly keen last summer, while West Ham and David Moyes considered a January move.
But Davies has a contract at Goodison Park for another four and a half years and Osman believes it is key that he remains in the blue of Everton.