Martinez determined to keep Baines

Roberto Martinez has stated his intention to keep Leighton Baines at Everton this summer despite interest from Manchester United.

Baines’ former manager David Moyes wants to take him to Manchester United and has already seen an offer rejected.

“I think Leighton is more than a player, he is an icon,” Martínez said. “He represents a lot about our football club and I am really, really excited about Leighton.

“This is a big season for him and for us as a club. When you are the left-back of this football club, and the level that he has been reaching over the last few years consistently, it shows me that he is the best left-back in the country. I can’t wait to start working with him.”

“Leighton is a phenomenal performer and has become a very consistent player for Everton. A lot of people get upset when other clubs show interest in their players but I feel it is compliment. Leighton is vital for our future and what we are going to achieve at the club.”

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