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Hands off Coleman: Everton insist Ireland star is staying at Goodison


Seamus Coleman has been linked with a move away from Everton

Seamus Coleman has been linked with a move away from Everton

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez


Seamus Coleman has been linked with a move away from Everton

SéAMUS Coleman is staying at Goodison Park and is already in the world-class bracket, Everton boss Roberto Martinez has insisted.

Coleman's long-term future at the club was again under the spotlight in the last 24 hours when former Ireland full-back Denis Irwin said that the Donegal lad could only fulfil his potential at a big club like Manchester United.

Those comments by the ex-United man have not been well received at Goodison and Toffees boss Martinez, speaking ahead of tonight's clash with Chelsea, has hit back.

"He is making a judgement about a player who is very important for us," Martinez said of Irwin.

"I still think Séamus Coleman can develop and progress with Everton.

"At the moment he is enjoying his football, I think he has an important role in our side and I think this is the best place for him to develop and fulfil his potential.

"He is a world-class footballer in the way he performed last season."

Coleman has repeatedly been linked with a move to Old Trafford but former Red Devil Irwin, who occasionally works for the official TV station, has sparked a real debate on the blue side of Merseyside, especially his comment that to fulful his potential, Coleman "has to move to a club that plays regularly in Europe".

Everton watchers, of course, know that Coleman and the Toffees are still in the knock-out stages of the Europa League while United failed to qualify for Europe this season and face a battle to secure Champions League qualification for next season.

Meanwhile, James McCarthy is again an injury concern for club and country as he could miss tonight's clash with Chelsea.