Martinez spoke at a press conference ahead of Everton’s weekend FA Cup game against Stevenage and while he was unable to give confirmation of a new deal for Baines, he stated that talks were on going.
“There is nothing to announce yet but we’re all really excited about it – He’s at the best moment in his career in terms of his experience and his role at the club – for us it’s very important that he commits himself for a longer period – he always said that (he wants to stay), he’s a model professional and an Everton icon,” said the Everton boss.
United saw a £15 million offer for Baines rejected during the last summer transfer window and Martinez has always maintained that a key priority for the club has been getting Baines tied down to a new deal.
Whether former Everton boss David Moyes wants to go back to Everton this summer with another offer for Baines remains to be seen but there are problems if the England international signs a new deal before that point, starting with the fact it makes Baines more expensive.
There are other left-back options for Moyes and United to consider but Baines signing a new deal with Everton before the end of the season is the biggest sign that it would be a waste of time for United to try and poach him in the summer.
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