Leighton Baines has claimed that he believes it was the right decision for him to stay at Everton despite Man United interest. When David Moyes was in charge of United, the defender was constantly linked with a move to Old Trafford.
But he has told the Liverpool Echo that he believes he was right to stay. He said: “What the club has done lately is retain its best players. Everyone here who has been linked with someone has stayed and committed to the club.
“The younger lads; Ross [Barkley], [John] Stonesy, Seamus [Coleman] have all been linked with clubs and they’ve all got their best football ahead of them, but they’re all happy to do it here. That’s as big as anything for me. The manager was telling me that’s what he wanted to do when I signed my contract. I signed following that summer of the whole United thing, but that was in their minds back then in terms of how to change the status and perception so we can keep hold of players when other clubs come calling.
“Since that with me, a few of the other lads have been talked about as going by the media but in all fairness none of them have been the slightest bit interested in playing anywhere else. You hear that from them.
“They are enjoying it here and they want to achieve what they can here.”
By Charlie Gregory