Man United transfers: Leighton Baines 100% staying, says Roberto Martinez
Man United transfers: Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists Leighton Baines will be 100% staying at the Toffees
Roberto Martinez says he is confident Everton defender Leighton Baines won’t leave the club in the January transfer window.
The England international has been linked with a move to Manchester United after his former boss David Moyes was named as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor.
I can guarantee that Leighton will be here at the end of the season
Baines, who is on the brink of a return from a foot injury which he picked up in a 3-3 draw with Liverpool, has scored two goals in 12 Premier League appearances this season.
But Everton boss Martinez is adamant that Baines will “100 per cent” be staying at Goodison Park beyond the January transfer window.
“In football you don’t work long term, you go window to window and I can guarantee that Leighton will be here at the end of the season,” Martinez said. “That is 100 per cent.
“That is how you work from window to window – to have a stronger squad than previously.
“Leighton is vital for us in the second half of the season. Bryan Oviedo has been terrific, but we need Leighton and Bryan fit for us, if we are going to fight for our football dream.”