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Barry targets run to end of season

EVERTON boss Roberto Martinez admits that speculation about Ireland midfielder James McCarthy is inevitable given his form.

But the Toffees boss, who says that the club have finally found a "formula" to cure McCarthy's persistent injury problems, insists that McCarthy will be at the club next season as Everton are determined to be even stronger next term.

Talk has resurfaced of a summer move for in-form Everton pair McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas, and even though both players have stated their commitment to the club, Martinez accepts speculation is inevitable.

"I don't think that will (be an end to the speculation) as they have performed extremely well and it's part of football, when you perform well you attract speculation," Martinez said today.

"It's nice to see when players are happy, when they understand what it means to represent Everton and to see them performing at the peak of their powers, enjoying their football in big, glamorous games.

"We all know football and we know they will attract speculation and it's good to know they are interested in our assets. We want to build on what we are doing, we are looking to get into the next window with two or three additions to make the squad stronger.

"With James, from a physical and nutritional point of view, we have found the right formula. This summer, obviously he has international commitments coming, then he needs a period of rest and regeneration but there's nothing of concern.

"James give you fantastic balance. In the last six-seven weeks we have allowed James to play a different role, getting higher up the pitch and that's been effective. that's something new and he's enjoying it, James is such a talented young player, he can adapt to anything he wants to be."