Mar 202014

Coleman has been touted for a summer switch to Manchester United in some newspapers this week

Roberto Martinez insists he is unconcerned by reports linking Seamus Coleman with a move away from Everton FC – and says he has no worries about the player’s head being turned by such stories either.

Coleman has been touted for a summer switch to Manchester United in some newspapers this week, but Martinez was quick to downplay the rumours.

“It must be a different Seamus Coleman,” was his response when asked about the stories at his Thursday morning press conference at Finch Farm.

Everton have no intention of selling Coleman this summer, and plan to offer the Irishman a lucrative long-term contract, in a bid to ward off interest from elsewhere.

Coleman, for his part, has shown no indication that he is anything less than fully content at Goodison, and Martinez says there is no danger of the 25-year-old’s head being turned by transfer talk.

He told the ECHO: “Seamus is an intelligent man, and he is not going to get affected by what is written in the media one way or another.

“He is very much a level-headed boy, and he knows that he has incredible potential. He knows that I think the world of him, and that he can carry on developing into a top, top footballer.

“The stories on the outside, they only give you a compliment. In football, the moment that you drop your standards, the stories will go the other way and will start to be negative. As a player, you need to be level-headed and concentrate on your performances.

“As I have said, we have never had any contact with anyone about Seamus. We want him to stay here for a long, long time.”

Martinez can, however, understand why a player like Coleman would be attracting the attention of the Premier League’s big boys.

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He said: “Stories like that don’t really bother me. It is the world that we live in.

“I see Seamus this season, developing into the full-back that he is. He’s the top goalscoring defender in the league, and the way that we play fits in with Seamus’ style very well.

“I think the stories are a compliment, and we take that on board and move on.

“You will not get a story like that unless the player is performing well, and catching the eye of the public. I see the stories as a positive, that other teams are looking at our players because of the level of their performances. It’s as simple as that.

“We will just carry on developing as a team and as a football club, and making sure that we can have many players like Seamus, performing in a manner that will attract good compliments from the outside.

“We have got a great young generation coming through. This squad is going to get a lot of compliments like this, and we need to make sure that we are ready to fulfil our potential. I think it (transfer speculation) is all part of the process.”

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