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What The Papers Say - 26 December

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Emphasis is placed on Everton’s home meeting with Sunderland in the Boxing Day edition of the Liverpool Echo.

Ahead of the game, Sylvain Distin has been speaking to the paper about how much he is currently enjoying his football and how Ryan Giggs, who recently turned 40, is providing inspiration to prolong his own career at the top level.

The paper also focuses on how the Toffees are now just two games away from going through 2013 unbeaten in the league at Goodison.

In the Daily Star, Martinez has ruled out turning Gareth Barry’s loan deal into a permanent transfer in January as he trusts the England international to show loyalty to Everton at the end of the season when his contract with parent club Manchester City expires.

Another midfielder from Eastlands linked with a move to Everton is Abdisalam Ibrahim, according to the Daily Mail. The 22-year-old Norway Under-21 international has been told he can leave the Etihad Stadium by manager Manuel Pellegrini but any potential suitors would have to pay £250,000 in compensation. Southampton and Swansea are also said to be interested.

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