Everton manager Roberto Martinez has told his predecessor, Manchester United boss David Moyes, to stop talking about his pursuit of Toffees duo Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, Sky
Man Utd had a £28m joint bid for the pair rejected by Everton, who described the offer as ‘derisory and insulting’, and Moyes has since claimed that while he was in charge at Goodison Park he would have struggled to deny Baines or Fellaini a move to Manchester United if an offer had been made.
Martinez, who is fighting to keep two of his star players beyond the September 2 transfer deadline, hit back, saying: “If managers start talking about players registered with other clubs that’s the end of the whole thing.
“I think everyone should look after their own things internally. I’m sure they’ve got many issues in the same manner. I could easily come out and give my opinion about his players, but I think I’ll be a bit more respectful than that.
It is currently unclear whether Moyes’ side will make an improved bid, but in the meantime, Martinez continues to select Baines and Fellaini for Everton, with them both playing the full 90 minutes of their opening two Premier League matches.
On Monday’s £28m bid, Martinez added: “Everyone has got a price (but) when you invest money in a player and five years later you get offered the same money after performing really well, that becomes a little bit of a nonsense. As a new manager, I am following the structure we have at the football club. I heard in the past that Everton never sold cheap.”
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