Everton manager Roberto Martinez claims that he will not be forced to sell Manchester United target Leighton Baines in order to increase his club’s budget according to today’s copy of The Guardian
The 28-year-old England international was the subject of interest from former Toffees boss David Moyes following his appointment at Old Trafford but the left back remains at Goodison Park with Martinez’s new side.
United’s interest is expected to continue into the winter transfer window as Moyes seeks a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra. The absence of new contract for Baines, who only has two years left to run on his current deal, will raise speculation that the Toffees will be forced to cash-in on their prized asset.
But Martinez insists that the club are under no pressure to sell after seeing Maroaune Fellaini join United in a massive £27 million deal on summer deadline day.
Asked if he be forced to sell Baines, the Everton manager replied: “No, no, no. We were at that stage in the summer. But once we had that situation when Marouane [Fellaini] and Victor Anichebe left, that gave us the opportunity to reinvest and now we are in a position where we need a bit of continuity and time to squeeze our potential as a team.
“We’re in a period where we need to be focusing on games and trying to push ourselves to the maximum, to see how good we can become this season. It’s important we have that stability now.”