Everton’s manager Roberto Martinez has denied reports that Manchester United are in talks to sign defender Seamus Coleman.
Recent press reports had claimed that United were in discussions with Everton to sign the 25 year old Republic of Ireland international but during his press conference on Friday, Martinez denied the reports.
“It must be a different Seamus Coleman because we’ve never had any discussions with anyone.
“I think the truth is that Seamus has been having a very good season and we want that to continue and hopefully in the next 10 games he can continue with the levels he’s shown and developing.
“He’s becoming a very, very important player at Everton, a very important player for his national team and obviously we want Seamus here for a long, long time. So it’s nothing to comment on.
“We’ve got a clear strategy of how we want to keep this group together, we’ve got a new generation coming through (and) we’re going to keep the senior players for as long as we can.
“Obviously that’s something we work on and it’s not going to change because of media speculation.”
It is believed that David Moyes is keen to bring the player to Old Trafford in the summer and with seven goals to his name this season it is clear to see why however Everton have already shown that they are able to stand firm against United when they refused to sell Leighton Baines in the summer.
With a recently-improved sponsorship deal in the bag, Everton will also be in a stronger financial position going in to the next window. Renewing their deal with Chang, the Thai Beer, will see a further £16m added to the Goodison Park coffers over the next three years.by