Everton manager Roberto Martinez has insisted there is no need to rush a new contract for Leighton Baines, the
Baines was heavily linked with following David Moyes and Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United this summer but Everton insisted the left-back was not for sale, and he duly remained at Goodison Park. A new contract, including a wage rise of 50%, was said to be Baines’ reward, but Martinez has insisted that the club’s focus now is on results and performances, not finances and contracts.
“At the moment, all it is is the games and any individual contracts or situations are put aside,” Martinez said. “The only thing that concerns me is just to make sure he’s as fit as he can be and gets in a stronger position and balances the demands of England and club level.
“That’s what I’m focused on, that his day to day is perfect,” the former Wigan Athletic boss added. “Everything else, behind the scenes we’re happy with the situation and we’re making sure he’s happy as well.”
Baines scored twice for Everton in their Saturday win over West Ham, netting two free-kicks as the Toffees came from behind to beat the Hammers 3-2 at Upton Park. Martinez went on to say that the performances Baines has entered lately have been among Everton’s best, and that it is no coincidence they came once the transfer window had closed.
“In the last two games, once the window was closed, he could concentrate on his football,” Martinez said. “He’s in a great moment of his career. In the last two games, Leighton has been sensational, probably because he’s been able to relax and enjoy his football.
“His contribution, to be able to score goals from deadball situations is a massive strength in any team, and he’s in a moment where the next three or four years are the best in his career.”
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