Martinez confirms Baines will not be sold to Manchester United

Leighton Baines

The Everton boss has said that one bid for the England left-back has been rejected, and that the defender will stay at Goodison Park.

Everton fans will be ecstatic with the news that the Merseyside club will not sell star left-back Leighton Baines to Manchester United this summer.

Following David Moyes’ switch from Goodison Park to Old Trafford, speculation in the press has indicated that the Scot may well look to his former charge as a potential transfer target.

However, despite United lodging one offer early in the transfer window, Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Baines will not be following his former boss to Old Trafford.

"Before we went to Austria one club officially contacted ourselves with an offer and it was a final offer,” the Spaniard said.

“They put something over and the valuation wasn't anywhere near the quality of Leighton Baines. That was the end of it but since then there's been all the speculation, which has been part of what the transfer window is.

“There's never been another club or anyone else putting in an offer for Leighton. Since then we've moved on and we're continuing to focus on the start of the season."

Marouane Fellaini has also been linked with a move to United, but Martinez has stated that it is no more than speculation.

"It's anyone who performs well – Marouane Fellaini had a terrific season, so did Leighton. At the same time so did Phil Jagielka and Tim Howard.

"Then when you've got an ex-manager who has first-hand information of that you're going to get that speculation in the media but the reality is that there has been nothing apart from the contact really early in the [pre-] season."

Martinez’s comments are overwhelmingly positive for Everton. With Moyes leaving after such a long period of time at the club, there was a chance that some of his more-able players would follow him to the door.

Baines has become an increasingly important player for the Toffees, and as well as being a solid defender he has contributed significantly to the team’s attacking threat through his delivery and marauding runs forward.

In truth, United have a very similar player to Baines in the form of Patrice Evra, who showed in the Community Shield last weekend that he is still a top performer for the Premier League champions. The French defender still has a season or two to play at the very highest level, and as such it is clear that Moyes’ transfer priorities lie in other positions.

Signing Baines would mean that one of the two would have to spend long periods of time on the sidelines, and as such it would be a real waste of resources.

Baines will look to solidify himself in the England squad with another positive campaign at Everton, while United need a creative midfielder more than a second top-quality left back.

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