Roberto Martinez has admitted he cannot guarantee Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini will be Everton players by the close of the transfer window, the
The Toffees have turned down one offer for Baines from Manchester United, while a clause in Fellaini’s contract allows him to speak to a Champions League-qualified team for a set price, with the stipulation invalid after mid-August. Arsenal are said to be interested in the Belgian but Martinez revealed there has been no new offers made for either player.
However, the Spaniard added it may be out of his hands to keep either player at the club should they want to leave, such is the way of football today. “You should never ask a manager that,” the former Wigan boss said. “The modern game does not allow a manager to have that control.
“I don’t think speculation is healthy,” Martinez continued. “We are just trying to become as good as we can before the transfer window closes. If we get clubs talking about our players we take it as compliment because it means the players have been impressing and doing really well.”
Baines and Fellaini were two of Everton’s top scorers last season, the full-back netting seven goals to finish as the club’s joint-fourth highest goal-getter, while Fellaini was the most prolific player at Goodison Park, hitting the target 12 times. Fellaini also claimed nine assists while Baines notched eight.
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