Martinez: McCarthy isn’t for sale – he is vital

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that midfield lynchpin James McCarthy isn’t for sale despite the rumours and says that the Republic of Ireland international is crucial to his squad.

Rumours persist that McCarthy is subject to bids from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, but Martinez says the club are looking to build and don’t have to sell to balance any books.


“He’s not for sale.” Said Martinez following his sides game against Stoke City.

“My responsibility is to try to keep bringing competition into the squad. I think what we have got now is a very strong competition for places and we don’t want to lose that.

“We are not in a situation at this football club that we have to sell to balance the books. What we want is to be successful and create a winning team.

“James McCarthy has been a top performer in the last few seasons. At the age of 24, to be over 300 games shows the know-how he brings, together with young legs and good energy.

“He is a vital part of our squad.

“It’s important that we keep improving, keep getting stronger and that is the only focus we have – not losing assets.”


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