Wednesday 21 February 2018

James McCarthy rubbishes reports that he handed in transfer request at Everton

James McCarthy is sticking with the Toffees
James McCarthy is sticking with the Toffees
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy has dismissed reports that he came close to handing in a transfer request at Everton last summer.

McCarthy was strongly linked with a move to Tottenham in the last transfer window, but he eventually committed his future to Everton by signing a new contract and has stressed that the Goodison Park club can win trophies under boss Roberto Martinez.

“While I was aware of the transfer rumours, my focus was on Everton and I was delighted to commit my future to the club for the long-term,” states McCarthy ahead of Everton’s trip to West Bromwich Albion on Monday night.

“We have a really good squad here and we believe we are going to go places. I’ve always been happy here and if anything, I’m enjoying it even more because of where we believe we can go and the potential within the team.

“You can see that we are building for the future and tying players down to long-term contracts is all part of that. We’ve got a good squad and each and every one of us know we can achieve things this season. The way the club is run, the atmosphere around the place, the passion of the supporters, it’s just a really special club to be a part of.”

McCarthy went on to state that Everton’s refusal to sell defender John Stones to Chelsea despite several lucrative bids was evidence of their desire for success, as he backed boss Martinez to back up his 2013 FA Cup success at Wigan with more trophy success for the Goodison Park club.

“From day one, the chairman and gaffer said that John Stones wasn’t for sale and that remained the case even though Chelsea kept coming back with bids,” he continues.

“It just shows we want to build and we want to do well and it’s a measure of the ambition here at Everton. We’ve got a good squad and we want to continue to build and strengthen and get better - you can see that.

“Everton has the history and tradition of winning cups and winning leagues. It’s no different for the future - we want to achieve things. Winning the FA Cup with Wigan was a great achievement for all of the people involved in that and, of course, you want to go and experience that winning feeling again, especially with a club like Everton. This is a really big club and the history of it is something that, as players, we all embrace.

“I also have a great loyalty to this manager. He brought me into the Premier League and I’m grateful for the level of support and trust he’s placed in me. It’s really good to work under him, as well as all the coaching staff and all the lads. It’s a great squad and a great dressing room to be involved in.

“For me, it wasn’t even a thought when a new deal here presented itself. I’m delighted to be where I am and I’m delighted for the chance the gaffer gave me, bringing me to Wigan first and then a club like Everton.”

McCarthy is also talking up Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for Euro 2016, as he looks forward to the vital Group D qualifiers against Germany and Poland next month.

“It would be a massive achievement but there is still a long way to go,” he adds of Ireland’s hopes. “We’ve still got two tough games and we will take it a game at a time. Next up is Germany – they’re not too bad a side! We will give it our best shot and see where that takes us.

“The previous two games were two massive results but there is still a long way to go. We’ve got two more games which are like two cup finals, to be honest. The lads in the squad still know we have it all to do and we won’t get carried away.”

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