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Roberto Martinez wants Everton to deliver supporters a perfect summer send-off by beating Manchester City in the final home game this Saturday.

And the Spaniard has little concern how the result will affect matters elsewhere.

The Blues are out to earn a 14th home league win of the campaign and build on what is already a Club record haul of Goodison victories in a single Premier League season.

Taking points off Manchester City would seriously damage Manuel Pellegrini’s championship aspirations, putting the destiny of the league trophy back in the hands of Merseyside rivals Liverpool.

But Martinez is refusing to think about scenarios in other quarters, insisting his only focus is masterminding the victory that would ensure European football returns to Goodison Park next season.

Champions League qualification is still a possibility, but the attainment of one more point means Everton are guaranteed a Europa League berth.

Martinez said: “I don’t think there is any doubt over the integrity of our football club towards the league and the competition. We are a football club that wants to win every single game we go into.

“Helping other teams is not the way we do our work. We are only focused on winning for ourselves and setting high standards in every game we go into.

“We have been outstanding at home when you look at the results against similar teams like Arsenal and Manchester United, and now we have to carry on at that sort of level.

“For us it is important that we can give a proper send-off for our fans in the last home game of the season and we want to give a performance to remember."

Manchester City’s chances of a second league crown in three years looked out of reach a week ago - but Chelsea’s victory at Anfield last Sunday, coupled with the Citizen’s success away to Crystal Palace, blew the title race wide open.

And Martinez says it’s a great advertisement for the standards in the Premier League that there are still three teams fighting for the crown at this point in the season.

“It’s fascinating to have three teams with mathematical possibilities to win the league,” he continued. “It shows the nature of the competition and the margins are very small.”

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