Wednesday 17 January 2018

'It's not true' - Roberto Martinez pours cold water on City interest in James McCarthy

Republic of Ireland international James McCarthy
Republic of Ireland international James McCarthy
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has dismissed suggestions that he is close to a deal to sign Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.

Reports in the UK newspapers on Friday suggested Evans was on his way to Goodison Park in an £8m move, but those stories have been swiftly rebuffed by the Everton manager.

"It's not true. There's nothing," Martinez told reporters following his team's pre-season trip to Singapore.

"I always said I'm not going to be commenting publicly on any of the names that have been shared around, but I can tell you clearly that there is nothing true in that story."

Martinez also suggested that outside sources were responsible to circulating rumours linking his Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy with a move to Manchester City or Tottenham, as he again insisted he would not allow the 24-year-old to move this summer.

"There is absolutely no truth in that," he added. "James is a crucial player for us and we are building a team around him for the future.

"Whoever started circulating these rumours must have had their own reasons for doing so. As far as Evertonians are concerned, James is a vital asset who will serve the club for a long time."

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