Martinez: Everton won’t do a Spurs and sell

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has expressed his belief that the Toffees will not following in the footsteps of this weekend’s foes Tottenham and cash in on their star assets during the transfer window, according to The Mirror.

Martinez believes that Spurs did good business in their sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in what proved to be a world record deal, and also praised the north London club for wise investment in replacing the Welshman.

He does not, however, envisage Everton selling coveted star Leighton Baines in a similar fashion, indicating he would rather hold on to his best players in the hopes of improving his squad by way of example.

The former Wigan manager was asked whether parting company with Baines or Ross Barkley might help the Goodison Park outfit reach the next level, he was unequivocal in his stance – and insisted Everton already had their opportunity to reinvest following a couple of good sales during the last transfer window.

“No, no, no. We were at that stage in the summer. But once we had that situation, when Marouane Fellaini and Victor Anichebe left, that gave us the opportunity to ­reinvest. Now we are in a position where we need a bit of ­continuity and time to squeeze our ­potential as a team.

“The two squads are in different moments and we’re in a period where we need to push ourselves to the maximum, to see how good we can become this season. I always said that as a club we will work extremely hard to help the squad get stronger and that means looking after the players who are performing well.”

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