Baines rejects Manchester United rumours

Everton defender Leighton BainesEverton full-back Leighton Baines has distanced himself from reports that he is set to join Manchester United.

The England international has been heavily linked with a switch to the Toffees’ Premier League rivals, who see him as the long-term successor to Patrice Evra.

Twitter erupted this week amid rumours that United have made an official approach, but Baines dismissed the rumours:

“I’m not that into Twitter but I would say not to be worried,” he told SkySports.

“There have been a few windows and a few rumours and there’s nothing to worry about.”

He went on to claim that he is fully committed to helping Everton qualify for the Champions league following an impressive start to the season:

“There’s a lot of lads here who have been at the club for a long time now and we want to bring it not just for ourselves and our own ambitions but for the other people at the club, the manager, the chairman, the fans.

“It would be a massive achievement for us if we could get those European nights back at Goodison Park.

He did however admit that it will be tough to finish in the top four:

“Although there’s a lot of hard work and a lot of other clubs scrapping for that fourth spot, we’d like to think that if we can get our form back on track we could be one of them.”

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