Home Premier League Everton FC Roberto Martinez insists star names will not be leaving Everton

Roberto Martinez insists star names will not be leaving Everton


Everton manager Roberto Martinez is adamant that his big-name players are not for sale.

Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley have been linked with moves away from Goodison Park recently.

And striker Samuel Eto’o has been targeted by Italian side Sampdoria.

But Martinez insists the trio are staying with the Toffees.

He said:  “I know there has been a lot of speculation but we haven’t been contacted by anyone about this issue.

“Samuel is working really well and is always a strong influence in our day to day work.

“We are not entertaining selling. We are not looking to sell our big assets.

“All that matters at the moment is building up some momentum to have a strong second half to the season.

“With the past two performances we have built a strong platform for that.”

Right-back Coleman and midfield star Barkley have been linked with moves to Manchester City.

Instead of players leaving, Martinez wants arrivals at Goodison Park, with reinforcements between the sticks top of the agenda.

Tim Howard is out with a calf injury, leaving Joel Robles and 18-year-old Russell Griffiths as the only available keepers at the club.

Martinez played down talk of a move for Cardiff’s Scotland international David Marshall but does want a proven keeper who will provide serious competition for the number-one slot for the next few years


Steve Osborne                    @Pack3rNa7ion



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