Everton boss Roberto Martinez says that he’s not surprised at the interest being shown in James McCarthy, but that he will not be selling the Republic of Ireland international.
McCarthy only arrived at Goodison Park from Wigan last summer, but he slotted straight into the Toffees’ engine room and formed a solid relationship with veteran playmaker Gareth Barry.
Talk of a £20m+ move away from Merseyside did the rounds during the last transfer window, with United thought to have seen him as a solution to their midfield troubles.
Martinez – who guided his side back into European football – says that he’s in no way shocked that his man is wanted, but that he has no plans to sell him:
“I’m a big fan of his. The interest doesn’t surprise me and all the admiration from outside is welcome.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.
“James’ future is at Everton and he has many things to achieve with us.”
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