Martinez denies any bids have been made for key players.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that he has yet to receive any bids for the club’s star players Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, Sky Sports reports.
England international left back Baines was reportedly the subject of a bid from champions Manchester United – led by former boss David Moyes, a few weeks ago, whilst Arsenal have been said to be keeping a close eye on Belgian international Marouane Fellaini.
The pair have largely been believed to be heading through the exit door at Goodison Park this summer, but Martinez is happy for all activity to be kept to a minimum as the start of the season draws near.
When asked if there had been any recent bids for the pair, Martinez replied: “Not at all, not at all.
“I know that is not what you might want to hear but everyone here is focused on fighting for spots in the starting line-up and the competitive level in this group is impressive.
“I don’t think speculation is healthy, we are just trying to become as good as we can before the transfer window closes.
“If we get clubs talking about our players we take it as compliment, because the players have been impressing and doing really well.
“We are in a great position financially and we want to start the season with the best squad we can.”
He was also asked if he was surprised by the fact that United had indeed not returned with an improved offer for the 28-year-old full back, Martinez replied: “No, the last concern I have is what other clubs do.
“I can say I have been really impressed with the togetherness of this group. I can see that in training every day and it makes me proud.”
Regarding whether he expects to have retained all his key personnel by the time the Premier League season gets under way, Martinez said: “You should never ask a manager that!
“The modern game does not allow a manager to have that control.
“But I’m very excited, the squad is very strong. We have some good youngsters who I feel can come in and help the first team.
“We will carry on trying to become as strong as we can.”