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Everton boss Roberto Martinez has insisted his players will not be sold even if the Toffees miss out on European qualification.

Last Updated: 15/03/14 at 12:24 Post Comment

Roberto Martinez: Wants to keep his squad together

Roberto Martinez: Wants to keep his squad together

After a promising start to the season which saw Martinez's men lose just one of their opening 17 league games, the Toffees have lost their way somewhat, having picked up just 11 points from the last 24 available.

And with hopes of a top-four finish looking more and more unlikely, Martinez is bracing himself for interest in the likes of Ross Barkley and Leighton Baines once again, but is adamant his players are not for sale.

"We want to keep every player who is part of our future and has performed well," Martinez said in The Sun.

"Financially we are in the strongest moment we have been for a long time.

"I would be worried if we had four or five players performing really well who were out of contract, but most are on long-term deals."

Fans have really taken to loan signing Romelu Lukaku since his arrival from Chelsea, with the imposing Belgian hitman linked with a permanent move to Goodison Park at the end of the season.

However, despite netting ten league goals already this campaign, Martinez insists that his loan acquisitions are temporary and is willing to let the likes of Lukaku leave if replacements can be found.

"When you are signing a loan player you know what you are bringing - a short-term relationship. That's it," Martinez added.

"There will always be good ones available, so I'm not worried."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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