Everton boss explains to Sky Sports why key duo won't be sold

Roberto Martinez

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has told Sky Sports that there is no chance of him selling Samuel Eto'o and Seamus Coleman in January.

Roberto Martinez has rubbished reports suggesting Everton could sanction sales of Samuel Eto’o and Seamus Coleman when pressed on the matter by Sky Sports.

The Daily Mail has suggested that Serie A side Sampdoria are looking to take experienced Cameroonian striker Eto’o on an 18-month contract.

Coleman, meanwhile, has been linked with a big-money move to Manchester United by The Guardian.

Martinez is aware of the rumours, with the January transfer window in full swing, but insists there is no substance to them.

He intends to keep all of his key men at Goodison Park, with the Toffees looking to reignite their season following a five-match winless run.

Martinez told Sky Sports: "I know there has been a lot of speculation but we have had no contact and no conversations about that issue.

"At the moment Samuel is working really well. He is always a strong influence in the day-to-day work of the club and there is nothing to comment on there.”

On Coleman, he added: "We are not going to sell our big assets during the January transfer window. I think all those stories, all the admiration from the outside if you like, it is a waste of time really."

Everton supporters will be delighted to hear that there club are doing all they can to keep prized assets on Merseyside.

That will free Martinez to focus his attention on the pursuit of fresh faces.

The Toffees have worked hard to piece together a competitive squad and are understandably reluctant to see their top talents lured away by Premier League and continental rivals.

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