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Baines key to Martinez plans

Roberto Martinez says Everton "icon" Leighton Baines has a key role to play in a big season for the club.

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Leighton Baines: Rated the country's best left-back by Roberto Martinez

Leighton Baines: Rated the country's best left-back by Roberto Martinez

Manchester United have already failed with one bid for the England left-back this summer as David Moyes targets a reunion with his former player.

And Moyes' Goodison Park successor has made it clear he does not want to lose the 28-year-old.

"I think Leighton is more than a player, he is an icon," Martinez told the Everton website.

"He represents a lot about our football club and I am really, really excited about Leighton. This is a big season for him and for us as a club.

"When you are the left-back of this football club, and the level that he has been reaching over the last few years consistently, it shows me that he is the best left-back in the country. I can't wait to start working with him."

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