Martinez happy to keep spine

Date published: Wednesday 2nd September 2015 12:46

Everton fans may disagree but Roberto Martinez has declared himself very happy with the Toffees’ summer transfer business.

The Spaniard’s boast is that the club have retained the spine of the Everton side that finished fifth two seasons ago, resisting £30m-plus bids from Chelsea for John Stones.

He signed centre-half Ramiro Funes Mori from River Plate and winger Aaron Lennon from Tottenham on transfer deadline day, adding to senior signings Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu.

“I feel really pleased about the way in which our business during this transfer window will allow us to carry on with the continuity in our squad and develop some of our young talent while adding some outstanding characters,” he told the club’s official website.

“Keeping the main performers of the team that attempted that fourth-place finish in the Premier League two seasons ago and shared in some incredible memories in Europe last season will help us to integrate all of our new signings and to carry on reaching better levels of performance on a consistent basis.

“Four full senior internationals for England, Argentina and Spain reflect the huge calibre of players we have been able to bring in, with some of those – Gerard Deulofeu and Aaron Lennon – already knowing our dressing room and our home.

“They represent a guarantee in terms of settling in well to our club and adding to our squad.”

Everton reportedly resisted an £8m move for Steven Naismith from Norwich on the final day of the window.

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