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by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

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Roberto Martinez says plans are already afoot to add to his Everton squad for next season.

Having taken the Club back into Europe with a record Premier League points tally, the Blues boss could be forgiven for a little respite this summer.

But as well as occupying a punditry role at the World Cup in Brazil, Martinez plans to be busy adding to his playing personnel.

He told evertontv: "Recruitment is vital. It's one of those moments of the season where you recollect the good work you've done over the last two windows.

"The recruitment department have been working tirelessly to get the reports and highlight the targets and players that are going to fit in our football club. You can imagine it's a long process.

"We've identified the players and now it's about making sure we can get them to join.

"It's very much an important period, but it's not one where we need to panic. We don't have to make decisions just to bring numbers into the Club.

"Everything has to be measured and everything needs to be taken on the understanding that bringing the wrong player into this special group of players that we have could have a very negative effect.”

The added Europa League fixtures increase the demands on the Blues’ squad but Martinez has welcomed the challenges that competition brings.

He added: "It's a key period to make the right calls and the right adjustments, but recruitment is going to be vitally important because of the demands of European football. It's something we want to embrace.

“We don't want to feel that we have to blame European football as the reason we cannot keep the standards in our domestic league.

"That focus and direction starts now with the recruitment and making sure, before the players come back at the start of the season, they have regenerated and recovered well. We need to be on top of that and make sure that the new additions are the players we need at the Club."

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