| 6.5°C Dublin

Martinez in moves to secure Irish duo

Close

Seamus Coleman. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Seamus Coleman. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

James McCarthy. Photo: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

James McCarthy. Photo: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

/

Seamus Coleman. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

ROBERTO Martinez will move to block off any attempt by Manchester United, City or Arsenal to poach Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy by offering both new deals.

Coleman only signed a new five and a half-year contract in December 2012 but Martinez is fully aware that Everton will come under severe pressure to sell from the Premier League's big guns.

"We won't offer encouragement to any club over Seamus. He is on a long-term contract and we need players like Seamus," he said.

"Yes, it is the intention to offer him a new contract. We are already thinking about Seamus, Ross (Barkley) and James McCarthy.

"That is something we will look at this summer. They are players with long-term contracts.

"It is not a decision just to keep them at the club; it highlights the next step of their development and rewards them for their performances," said the Toffees boss.

BLUES CRUISE

Chelsea cruised into the Champions League last eight with a 2-0 win over toothlesss Galatasaray last night for a 3-1 aggregate success.

Didier Drogba's Stamford Bridge homecoming turned out to be a damp squib as first-half goals by Samuel Eto'o and Gary Cahill effectively settled the tie.


Privacy