Everton manager Roberto Martinez is the fourth manager to admit that the transfer deadline should be pushed to before the Premier League season starts after admitting that it messes with the player’s mind-set.
The Toffees two main stars, Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, are currently attracting attention from champions Manchester United and so far, the club have rejected a £28million bid for the duo.
However, despite rejecting the bid, Martinez has admitted that the interest from United is distracting the players and also messing with their mind-set as they start their new season.
Martinez said: ‘It’s getting out of hand, it is affecting the minds of the players.’
Not only is Martinez unhappy with the transfer deadline and also United, Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is also frustrated by the way the champions have gone about their business, but the new boss insists that he is delighted with how Fellaini and Baines have reacted since the move to United was rejected.
‘They have been very professional,’ Martinez said. ‘I could not be more proud of their professionalism and how they have behaved. They are two great assets and very respectful towards the club.
‘They understand that we are right at the start of the season. We want to prepare and be as good as we can on the pitch.
‘I have seen a bit of everything (from the chairman). You need to understand that when you make a massive investment in a player and you see them emerge.
‘You are going to be angry, disappointed and hurt. They are the emotions. But the chairman has always been in control of the matter.’
Despite reports suggesting that a new £35million bid was to be made for the Everton duo, Martinez has confirmed nothing formal has been offered.
‘Everything has been quiet on that front,’ said Martinez. ‘That is the way we are going to deal with the window. We are trying to focus on ourselves.
‘There is no temptation (to sell). We want to keep our best performers and that is where we are. You get into a debate when a club matches the valuation but that has never been the case.
‘We want to keep our most important players. It has been well reported (what happened with Baines and Fellaini) and we take it as a football compliment and move on.’
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt