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What The Papers Say - 9 June

by Hamish Dufton @efchamishdufton

The future of Marounane Fellaini dominates the Sunday papers.

However, as several papers report, new Everton manager Roberto Martinez is not worried about losing the big Belgian and insists that he expects the midfielder to still be with the Blues going into next season.

Despite the Daily Star reporting that Felli is at the centre of a four-way transfer battle involving Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Napoli, The Sun, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People all write that Martinez is under no pressure to resolve Fellaini’s future.

Elsewhere, several papers are speculating over who will be coming in to augment the Toffee’s ranks. The Daily Star links us with Arouna Kone, Wigan’s Ivorian striker, and Leroy Fer, but the Sunday People joins the Mail on Sunday in claiming Martinez will look to take winger Victor Moses – a player he knows from Wigan – from Chelsea.

Phil Neville’s announcement that he is to retire from playing has also found its way onto a variety of publications. His reasons for hanging up his boots, as well as an insight into his spell with the England Under-21s, make interesting reading in Henry Winter’s column in the Sunday Telegraph.

Finally, the fallout from Martinez’s appointment as Everton boss continues. The Sunday Post writes that Blues chairman Bill Kenwright was a key factor in the Spaniard’s decision, while the Sunday People go with the reaction of Blues fans to Martinez’s Wigan side when the Latics defeated Everton in last season’s FA Cup.

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