Martinez not worried despite Kevin Mirallas admitting interest in transfer

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez isn't concerned about the prospect of Kevin Mirallas leaving the club.

Everton drew 0-0 with Merseyside rivals Liverpool on Saturday, and whilst manager Roberto Martinez will be pleased that the Toffees didn't lose the game, the speculation over Kevin Mirallas continues.

The Belgian winger was embroiled in a controversial situation in January, as he took a penalty ahead of regular taker Leighton Baines in the 0-0 draw with West Brom - and ended up missing the spot kick in a bizarre saga.

Shortly after that, Mirallas was linked with a move to Premier League rivals Tottenham, though reports from the Daily Mirror last month suggested that Everton had rejected an approach from Spurs.

With 18 months left on his contract at Goodison Park, Mirallas last week told La Capitale in Belgium - with quotes translated here by The Telegraph - that he was ready for a new challenge, sparking further rumours about his future.

Rumours are likely to start again amid those comments, but manager Martinez told the Liverpool Echo that he isn't concerned, believing that the Toffees are under no pressure to sell the 27-year-old.

"I’ve never had a conversation with Kevin where he’s showed that he’s not happy," said Martinez. "All he wants is to play and score goals. Nothing different. Kevin has a phenomenal career in front of him and all I’m interested is seeing him grow as he’s grown in the last few seasons with Everton."

"It’s not an issue at all. He’s not a player who is out of contract in the summer and not a player with a decision to be made about his contract, so I don’t see it as an issue at all," added the Spaniard.

Mirallas will enter the final 12 months of his contract at the end of this season, meaning Everton may well be vulnerable to losing him this summer - and Tottenham are bound to be monitoring the situation closely.

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