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Friday 30 September 2016

James McCarthy is not for sale, reveals Everton boss Martinez

Martinez: We can't prevent speculation over midfielder

James McCarthy celebrates scoring for Everton
James McCarthy celebrates scoring for Everton

EVERTON boss Roberto Martinez admits that speculation about Ireland midfielder James McCarthy is inevitable given his form.

But the Toffees boss, who says that the club have finally found a "formula" to cure McCarthy's persistent injury problems, insists that McCarthy will be at Goodison Park next season as the club have no plans to sell one of their best assets.

On the back of some strong form, including a goal in last week's win over Manchester United, talk has resurfaced of a summer move for the in-form McCarthy as well as team-mate Kevin Mirallas, and even though both players have stated their commitment to the club, Martinez accepts speculation is inevitable. "I don't think that will (be an end to the speculation) as they have performed extremely well and it's part of football, when you perform well you attract speculation," Martinez said today.

"It's nice to see when players are happy, when they understand what it means to represent Everton and to see them performing at the peak of their powers, enjoying their football in big, glamorous games.

"We all know football and we know they will attract speculation and it's good to know they are interested in our assets. But we want to build on what we are doing and make the squad stronger."

McCarthy has battled with injury this season but Martinez feels the club have found a long-term solution to the issues which restricted him to 23 Premier League starts. "With James, from a physical and nutritional point of view, we have found the right formula.

"This summer, obviously he has international commitments coming, then he needs a period of rest and regeneration but there's nothing of concern," he says.

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