Man United transfers: Martinez desperate to keep Baines at Everton

Man United transfers: Roberto Martínez says Leighton Baines is an "icon" at Everton and is looking forward to working with the left-back

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Roberto Martínez has replaced David Moyes at Everton Photo: Back Page Images

Roberto Martínez says Manchester United target Leighton Baines is an “icon” at Everton and “can’t wait” to work with the left-back next season.

Baines has been heavily linked with a transfer to Old Trafford in recent weeks since David Moyes was confirmed as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at United.

The Red Devils are thought to have had a bid of around £12m for the 28-year-old England international rejected by Everton last week.

And newly-appointed Toffees boss Martínez has underlined the Merseyside club’s desire to keep hold of the player by insisting that he cannot wait to start working with Baines, who he rates as the best left-back in the country.

“I think Leighton is more than a player, he is an icon. He represents a lot about our football club and I am really, really excited about Leighton,” said Martínez.

“This is a big season for him and for us as a club.

“When you are the left-back of this football club, and the level that he has been reaching over the last few years consistently, it shows me that he is the best left-back in the country. I can’t wait to start working with him.”

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