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Martinez: Being linked with jobs is a compliment

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has stressed he views talk linking him with other clubs the same way as he does speculation involving his players – as a "compliment".

Reports have emerged suggesting Tottenham are looking at Martinez as a potential successor to Tim Sherwood.

When asked about it ahead of tomorrow's trip to Hull, the Toffees manager (pictured) said: "It is a little bit as I always answer – any sort of speculation we take as a real footballing compliment.

"This is the time you are going to get rumours, with talk about new squads and the next moves.

"From our point of view, it means we have done something right – that, as a football team, we are performing well.

"That affects players, members of staff and managers. We take it in a positive manner and just carry on working hard."

Martinez certainly has a growing number of admirers, with Everton having performed impressively since he took over at Goodison Park almost a year ago.

Ahead of their campaign-concluding clash with Hull, the Toffees have already as good as secured fifth place in the Premier League table – they are three points ahead of sixth-placed Tottenham with a vastly superior goal difference – and for much of 2013-14 they have been very much in contention for a top-four finish.

Loan signings such as midfielder Gareth Barry and striker Romelu Lukaku, both recruited on season-long deals at the start of the term, have been key and there has been plenty of talk about them extending their stays with the Merseyside outfit.

Martinez will be sitting down with all of his players to discuss the future soon after the season ends, although he has already said he feels the situation regarding Belgium international Lukaku, scorer of 15 goals for Everton this term while on loan from Chelsea, will not be resolved until after this summer's World Cup.

Martinez said: "I'm going to be speaking to all the players.

"We are going to make sure that with every player, we have a real indication of where we are – that is no different with Gareth or Romelu."


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