Roberto Martinez says top performers won't leave Everton; makes interesting additional statement

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Roberto Martinez is determined to keep hold of his top players and those playing regularly, but says a solution may need to be found for others.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said that no player will be leaving Goodison Park in January if they have been playing regularly so far this season - in the process ruling out a John Stones exit.

The defender has been attracting the interest of Chelsea who made a bid for him in the summer, but Martinez's stance does not appear to have been changed, according to the Daily Star.

He said: "It doesn't matter if a club come in. We created a squad during the summer to see how far we could go over the season. January doesn't come into consideration.

"We'll never lose anyone in January, unless it's somebody who hasn't been playing and we need to find a solution.

"If he's a top performer, it's not even a consideration."

It is unsurprising that Martinez has taken a stance like this one given the defensive options that are currently available to him as injuries have struck, and the form that Stones has once again show this season.

However, there is an interesting qualification in his answer which suggests there could be someone exiting Goodison Park this winter when he talked about players not playing.

One big example of that would be Kevin Mirallas, whose game-time has been mostly limited to substitute appearances having made just the one Premier League start this season and three in all competitions. 

But if that were the case then Everton would be losing some good quality depth to their squad, something they seem to have this season that they have not had in the past, and with the side firmly in the running to end a trophy drought that spans all the way back to 1995, one would think Martinez would be reluctant to let that happen. 

However, certain players like to be in the side regularly, so it would be interesting to see what solution there would be for those if there are one or two for the Everton boss to handle.

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