Martinez reluctant to sell

Everton boss Roberto Martinez says he would be reluctant to sell striker Nikica Jelavic in the January transfer window, but understands that it could be important for his World Cup ambitions.

Last Updated: 05/01/14 at 07:40 Post Comment

Nikica Jelavic: Everton boss Roberto Martinez says he is reluctant to sell

Nikica Jelavic: Everton boss Roberto Martinez says he is reluctant to sell

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Jelavic scored twice, and missed a penalty, during Everton's 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup third round at Goodison Park on Saturday.

However, the 28-year-old has found first-team opportunities limited so far this season, starting just five Premier League games, and reports have subsequently linked with him an exit to QPR.

He hopes to make Croatia's squad for Brazil and, despite Martinez being loath to allow him to leave, he appreciates that it may be in the best interests of the player.

"I don't want to sell Jela, but I understand it's a key moment for him," he said after the FA Cup win.

"If the World Cup wasn't this summer, this wouldn't be discussed."

Martinez was pleased with by the striker's display against QPR, saying: "I thought Nikica's performance was very good."

Talking of the penalty miss, Martinez added: "He is frustrated he didn't get the hat-trick and he deserved to.

"He hadn't done that in training before. He executes penalties very well, but the chip showed confidence."

Martinez was also sympathetic of the World Cup hopes of defender John Heitinga, who recently rejected move to West Ham, as he came off the bench in the win over QPR.

"We have been very open from the beginning," he said.

"Today you saw two players in Nikica and Johnny who have incredible experience and have been instrumental in our day-to-day working at the training ground.

"They are extremely pristine professionals and I need to listen to them.

"They are frustrated with the lack of minutes with the World Cup around the corner and I need to look into that. That doesn't mean we want to sell them.

"As a football club, if there are any offers or opportunities for the players, we will look into it, but it has to be right for the squad and the club for anything to happen.

"We want to finish the window stronger than we started."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his is all good fun, but anyone who thinks United are 4th best in England for anything more than a blip is properly f***ing mental. And Domenech is properly f***ing mental.

megabrow (cufc)
Schneiderlin must join United - Domenech

I

f the answer is Matt Phillips, the question should never be Who is one of your major transfer targets?

jelasfirsttouch
The Twosome Gossip

I

s this Chris Smalling playing the 'Race' card?

hump3.
Smalling wants United race

Footer 365

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba not joining Barcelona this year

Barcelona have insisted they are "not planning" a move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba this calendar year.

Barcelona sign Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid

La Liga champions Barcelona have announced a deal to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan.

Koeman: Utd Schneiderlin bid 'not serious'

Ronald Koeman says Southampton are yet to hear back from Manchester United since rejecting a bid for Morgan Schneiderlin that "wasn't serious".

Mail Box

Why Is Kane More Likeable Than Carrick?

A Mailbox which covers topics including Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, Robin van Persie, handballs, transfer reporting and Rodgers bingo. It's not us being mean...

Van Persie: Really Expensive Wallpaper

He was bought to cover the cracks that nearly brought down the house, says one Man United fan. We also have mails on Brendan, the WWC, Aguero and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company