Roberto Martinez on speculation about player departures, why Byram transfer failed, and selection

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez addressed the media ahead of their clash with Swansea City in the Premier League this weekend.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said none of his players who have been performing well this season will be leaving the club in January.

The Toffees boss was asked about the futures of Kevin Mirallas, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley and insisted that any offer that comes in for any of the trio will not be entertained. 

He told reporters at his pre-match press conference, as shown on the club's YouTube channel: "None of our players that have been performing well are going to be leaving in January. If you want to talk about our young players we have got a long, long list.

"January we're not even going to consider a member of our squad that is important and is going to be important in the second half of the season.

"Any talk of valuations is a waste of time really."

Everton were in the running to sign full-back Sam Byram from Leeds United but the youngster ended up opting for West Ham United instead.

Martinez said he was pleased that Everton were at the forefront of trying to sign a talented, young player, but concluded that it wasn't the right move for all parties. There was some speculation that Byram moved to East London because he thought he would have more first team opportunities.

"We went through the correct procedures and developed a relationship with Leeds United. At the end of the day it wasn't the right move for Sam and he wasn't the right move for players.

"I haven't got a crystal what I can give is always a correct path for a youngster.

"As I say it wasn't right for the football club to bring in a young talent for the sake of it, and it wasn't right for Sam."

Having sold Steven Naismith to Norwich City this week, there was a hint there could be more outgoings from the club as Martinez said his squad was still too large.

Everton are about to embark on a pretty busy fixture schedule as following Sunday's game with Swansea City, which is followed by the second leg of their League Cup semi-final with Manchester City - where Everton have a slender lead - but Martinez said that will not affect his selection for this weekend's game. 

“No, we’ve got five games in 14 days. It is important we share that effort but we want to be involved in three competitions.

“We make sure the team always remains competitive.”

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