Roberto Martinez discusses transfer stories, including Vlaar, and aims for the rest of the season

Roberto Martinez

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has addressed the media ahead of this weekend's game with Aston Villa in the Premier League.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has indicated that we should expect a quiet transfer window from Everton in January, both incoming and outgoing.

The Toffees boss has also said there have been no discussions with former Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar, who was recently linked with a move to Goodison Park in a report in the Liverpool Echo.

Martinez told reporters at his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend's game, as shown on YouTube: “He has very good experience in the Premier League.

"In the defensive positions we have Tony Hibbert coming back, Leighton Baines has had a good period of work, we have the doubts over Browning and Galloway - they’re the only focus, defenders at the club.

"I think from our point of view the window in January will be to see if there’s opportunities to help the squad in place - but we don’t look at this to be a window to buy or sell players. For us it is more of a matter of continuity, up until the international break in March.

“January is right in the middle of the season and we’re not in a position where we have to balance books."

It looks as though Everton will also be hanging on to players who have been linked with a move away from the club, with reports again suggesting that Chelsea will return for a bid for John Stones, after a lengthy pursuit failed in the summer, while Barcelona and Manchester United are also interested, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Martinez was then asked about targets for the season, but said they will be determined by the run of games that start this weekend up until the international break that takes place in the spring.

"I just feel there are signs that we've shown already as a team that have been very impressive," he said.

"Now is our time to show what we can do with our group of players, and as a team how good we can be - the next 19 games in the league are going to give us that answer.

“In the league, it’s impossible to set a target now. The only target is to win the next game. When you’re into March, that’s when you have the dream or final points target.

“At the moment, I just feel we can compete against anyone in the league on the day. We won’t be inferior to anyone on the day at our best, and our aim is to be our best every time we step on to the pitch." 

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