Martinez blasts window 'circus'

Everton boss Roberto Martinez says reports suggesting Leighton Baines asked for a transfer are not accurate.

Last Updated: 29/08/13 at 09:50 Post Comment

Latest Articles

Cardiff midfielder Aron Gunnarsson has signed a new two-year contract extension

Post comment

Cardiff midfielder Aron Gunnarsson has signed a new two-year contract extension with the club.

Dedryck Boyata joins Celtic from Manchester City

Post comment

Celtic have signed defender Dedryck Boyata from Manchester City on a four-year contract.

All Articles

Martinez: Doesn't like the transfer

Martinez: Doesn't like the transfer

Everton boss Roberto Martinez says reports suggesting Leighton Baines asked to leave Goodison Park are not accurate while he's also branded the current transfer window as a "footballing circus".

With four days remaining before the window closes, Martinez finds himself in the uncomfortable situation of awaiting bids for Baines and Marouane Fellaini from Manchester United.

Martinez has largely sidestepped questions regarding reports Baines had pleaded with the Merseyside outfit to let him go, although he did state after Wednesday night's Capital One Cup win over Stevenage that the speculation was not accurate.

Should Baines and particularly Fellaini eventually join United, it would almost certainly trigger a chain of transfers, that would include an Everton bid for Wigan's James McCarthy.

Given his side are now four games into the new season, Martinez finds the situation deeply unsatisfactory.

"I am sure the authorities will look at it and do something about it because it is becoming a bit of a footballing circus and it is not helping anyone," said Martinez.

"It is not just for Everton. It happens at every football club up and down the country, not just the ones who are fighting to win the title or avoid relegation.

"Unfortunately it is the reality of the game. I do feel a bit worried about it. It is not getting easier and it is not getting better."

Knowing Everton are hardly in a position to resist a bid from United should it reach the levels his club require, Martinez has to have contingency plans in place, and his philosophy is simple.

"You always need to make sure when the window closes, the squad is stronger than it was when you started," he said.

"That doesn't mean you will never lose players. It means you need to be prepared for any situation.

"That is what we are focusing on for the next four days in the window.

"There is a lot of speculation and stories, but once you have important games to prepare for, it is a bit of a farcical position that goes against the values we are trying to present in the Premier League."

Meanwhile, Martinez confirmed midfielder Darron Gibson would return to training this week after recovering from a knee injury.

However, the Republic of Ireland international is unlikely to be involved at Cardiff on Saturday.


Sky Bet Free Bet Club: £10 free bet - £5 free every week


Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke was sent letter from South African FA

Sky Sports News HQ has a copy of a letter sent from the South African FA to FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.

Real Madrid are confident of landing David de Gea

Real Madrid are growing increasingly confident of signing Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Utd target Lloris denies release clause

Tottenham's Hugo Lloris has confirmed that there is no release clause in his contract amid rumours linking the goalkeeper with a move to Manchester United and PSG.

Mail Box

Calling Carlo For Liverpool... Please

One Liverpool Mailer wants a manager who isn't starstruck by the job. Plus why Milner has now become overrated, play-offs for the title, Ronaldinho and democracy..

James Milner: Jose's Perfect Player?

Probably. But presumably he would not swap one bench for another. We have mails on over-hyped players, Arsenal enthusiasm, UEFA, FIFA and naked dudes...

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