New Everton Boss Roberto Martinez Was The Reason I Turned Down Manchester United, Claims Leighton Baines

Moyes was the man who brought the Englishman to Merseyside in the first place. 

Highly rated Everton left-back Leighton Baines has revealed that it was the arrival of new Toffees head coach Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park this season that persuaded him to turn down the chance to join Premier League champions Manchester United, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

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The in-demand England international has been chased by the Red Devils ever since former Everton manager David Moyes left the Merseysiders to replace Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford dugout last summer.

However, despite the Scot making numerous attempts to be reunited with the 29-year-old, Baines instead put pen to paper on a new five-year deal last month, with the full back now claiming that it was Martinez’s influence that persuaded him to commit his long-term future to the club.

“It was great to sign and commit to the club and put everything else to bed and be able to focus on football and the future – my future and the club’s future,” Baines told Evertontv.

“It has been really positive for the most part this season and I’ve been really impressed with the manager’s approach to everything.

“The various aspects to what he does and the way we approach games is asking new questions of all of us, whether you’ve been here a few months or a few years.

“It is challenging and has freshened the place up. It was a fresh start for all of us and it was exciting because it was such a change and that was a big part of it.”