Martinez's response when asked to confirm whether McCarthy and Mirallas will be Everton players next season

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Everton are expected to be active in the summer transfer window, but comings and goings have been mooted.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that he wants to keep James McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas at the club next season at his press conference – covered on YouTube - today.

McCarthy and Mirallas have both been linked with moves away from Everton by the Daily Mail in recent times, but Martinez is determined to keep the pair at Goodison Park.

Although he would not offer any guarantees on their respective futures, the Spanish boss said that he wants to keep the bulk of his squad together and has no intention of parting with any of his key men.

"We want to build on what we are doing this season," he responded, when asked whether he could confirm McCarthy and Mirallas would be Everton players next season. "We are looking to get into the next window with two or three additions who can help the squad to be stronger. All we are planning to do is becoming a stronger squad and a team stronger team.

"I think this season has been phenomenal in terms of the way that we have been tested and the way that we have had to learn and change our mentality. The last thing we want is to lose that. We will try to strengthen in the summer, but more than anything we want to keep that continuity in the group as I think that has been beneficial this season."

Everton have struggled to meet expectations this season so it will be crucial that they go into the next campaign with a stronger team.

The Toffees' lack of squad depth has been exposed on occasion this term and Martinez has seemingly realised that he needs to improve on what he has.

Doing so, while losing his better players, would be a tough test, but if he can convince McCarthy and Mirallas to stay put, then he has the core of a strong team to build around.

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