Everton manager Roberto Martinez is desperate to hang on to star midfielder James McCarthy…
Arsenal hopes of landing Everton midfielder James McCarthy have suffered a blow, with Toffees’ manager Roberto Martinez insisting that he will not allow his star midfielder to leave – report the Daily Mail.
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Martinez believes the £16m rated Republic of Ireland international will be a mainstay of his Everton team for years to come, and could be a future club captain.
McCarthy has four-and-a-half years left on his contract and the terms he signed after arriving from Wigan last year have been improved as he triggered a number of clauses. Arsenal have shown an interest, but Martinez has been quick to reject suggestions of a move.
Martinez said: “We are not a selling club. We have invested in young players and want that to continue. Nothing is set in stone but we are not looking to sell our assets. James McCarthy is part of our long-term future.
“I am 100 per cent certain he can be an Everton captain one day. He has played more than 160 games in the Premier League, at the age of 24, and you don’t get that unless you are leadership material. James is a player we look forward to seeing play for Everton for a long, long time.”
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