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Thursday 18 September K.O. 20:05

  • 2019
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Boss To Offer Baines New Deal

Club set to reward left-back, says Roberto Martinez.

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Roberto Martinez has confirmed his desire to reward the 'irreplaceable' Leighton Baines with a new contract.

Such is the level that the 28-year-old has reached during six years at Goodison Park, Everton received and subsequently rejected bids from Manchester United for his services in the summer.

And speaking to the media on Friday morning, Blues boss Martinez stated his plan to retain Baines at the Club for the long-term.

He explained: "What’s important is to show Leighton how much we want him and how much we appreciate him. Sometimes you need to do it with actions, not just words. That’s going to be the case.

"It’s about looking for that football happiness and I guarantee to everyone that Leighton will enjoy his football and his role at the club.

"We need to make sure he understands that he is a vital part of the football club and the team and sometimes that needs to be rewarded from a contractual point of view, and we will do that."

Baines is currently on international duty with the Three Lions, having forced his way into Roy Hodgson's World Cup plans as they chase qualification for Brazil.

His stature on the world stage may have only elevated over recent years, but Martinez is fully aware the importance of the Blues' number three holds at Everton, comparing his contribution to that of some of the Club's biggest legends.

"Leighton is a vital player for us," he continued.

"We couldn’t replace a player like him. There was a lot of talk and speculation [in the summer] but no one met his valuation so in that case he remains with us.

"Now we need to make sure that he understands how important he is for the football club and he needs to get that reward from our point of view.

"We need to make sure we are ready for the competition ahead with one of the most influential players in the history of Everton.

"We are in a position where unless a club meets a player’s valuation, there will never be a decision made. That was the case with Leighton."

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Shelli WoodsWe must ensure that we keep the Modfather at Goodison!

Saturday 7th September 18:15 Report Comment

Eric Matthewslove to see baines sign the contract

Saturday 7th September 17:43 Report Comment

Paul BatesClass comment at the end, like what i hear and hoping i like what I see on the pitch and winning results!

Saturday 7th September 10:49 Report Comment

Jogvan Pauli HansenHe realy deserv it :)

Saturday 7th September 05:20 Report Comment

Andrew David ValeI hope he signs New Contract With Us

Friday 6th September 21:15 Report Comment

keith coldockwhy would we want to sell the best left back in europe [ if not the world ]

Friday 6th September 18:46 Report Comment

derek john teevanbaines must stay,come on everton make it happen,geatt squad now.coyb

Friday 6th September 13:00 Report Comment

john mckeowneverton must keep baines because he is such a good player and vital to the future of the club

Friday 6th September 12:01 Report Comment

santa krshnanany club wanting to know baines value..... 86million..

Friday 6th September 11:35 Report Comment

Gary NelsonDon't ever sell him..

Friday 6th September 10:32 Report Comment


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