Everton boss confident Manchester United target is staying put

Everton's Leighton Baines

Everton boss Roberto Martinez believes he has won the battle to keep Leighton Baines this summer, reports the Mirror.

The English left back had been heavily linked Manchester United, in a move to reunite him with former boss David Moyes, now in charge of the Premier league champions.

But with just two days until Martinez’s first game in charge of the Toffees, the Spaniard believes he has done enough to persuade Baines to stay, and deter United from repeatedly bidding for the star defender.

“Before we went to Austria [for pre-season training], one club officially contacted ourselves with an offer and it was a final offer. They put something over and the valuation wasn’t anywhere near the quality of Leighton Baines,” Martinez said.

“That was the end of it, but since then there’s been all the speculation, which has been part of what the transfer window is. There’s never been another club or anyone else putting in an offer for Leighton. Since then we’ve moved on and we’re continuing to focus on the start of the season.”

Everton look set to keep hold of Marouane Fellaini, who was also linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Martinez’s first game in charge of Everton is on Saturday, when he travels to Norwich City.

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