Tottenham transfers: Roberto Martinez rules out James McCarthy exit

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says Spurs target James McCarthy is not for sale

Everton manager Roberto Martinez Photo: PA

Roberto Martinez has ruled out Tottenham Hotspur target James McCarthy leaving Goodison Park in the summer transfer window.

The Everton midfielder has been the subject for fresh speculation surrounding his Toffees future after he scored a brilliant opener in a 3-0 victory over Manchester United last weekend.

We all know football and we know they will attract speculation and it’s good to know they are interested in our assets

Roberto Martinez

McCarthy has been a key cog in Martinez’s midfield since he moved to the Merseyside club on deadline day in September 2013, although he has been forced to contend with a series of injuries this term.

While Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly keen on the Republic of Ireland international, Toffees boss Martinez was emphatic in his stance over McCarthy’s long-term future.

Discussing the futures of McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas, Martinez said at his pre-match media conference: “I don’t think that will (be an end to the speculation) as they have performed extremely well and it’s part of football, when you perform well you attract speculation.

“It’s nice to see when players are happy, when they understand what it means to represent Everton and to see them performing at the peak of their powers, enjoying their football in big, glamorous games.

“We all know football and we know they will attract speculation and it’s good to know they are interested in our assets. But we want to build on what we are doing and make the squad stronger.”

McCarthy, who has made 23 Premier League starts for Everton this season, joined the Toffees in a £15m deal from Wigan Athletic in 2013.

The Everton played under his Spanish manager at the Latics before Martinez replaced David Moyes.

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