Roberto Martinez explains why Everton will not sign Tomas Andrade

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Everton were close to completing a deal to sign Tomas Andrade this summer.

The Toffees were looking to bring in the River Plate playmaker this summer, but Roberto Martinez has told the Liverpool Echo why he cancelled the deal earlier this week.

The Spanish boss said: “It is a situation we are not going to follow up. In the best interests of Tomas’ development and ourselves and the players we have got in that age group it is better that we are not going to go ahead with it. It was well worth him coming across and seeing if this environment was what he needed to develop. But what is best for him is to develop back home and becoming a top player.”

Andrade is highly rated, and the Toffees looked to be agreeing a deal for a truly talented playmaker.

However, he would have been signed as a youth team player, and Martinez has admitted that the other players in the Under-21 set-up played a key role in Andrade not heading to Goodison Park.

His development would have been stalled in the attacking positions, and first-team chances would be unlikely due to the more established players ahead of him.

The Spanish boss believes Andrade is on the path to becoming a real star, and he has opted against signing him for the good of the player’s progression and talent.

If he does go on to fulfil his potential, it would come as no surprise to see him move to the Premier League in the future, and Everton could benefit from Martinez’s show of good will by having an advantage in moving to sign him.

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