Cahill: We won't lose focus

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Everton midfielder Tim Cahill insists the players will not allow speculation about their futures to affect preparations for the new season.

Summer signings are proving difficult for manager David Moyes and some of the Barclays Premier League's bigger clubs are looking to take advantage of that by prising away some of the Toffees' top stars. The club rejected a bid from Arsenal for Phil Jagielka last week and the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Jack Rodwell have also been linked with moves.

Cahill, about to enter his eighth season at Goodison Park, has seen and heard it all before. The 31-year-old Australia international told the Liverpool Echo: "I never focus on speculation and I never invite it."

He added: "If a club wants you they will come and buy you. If they don't want you, they don't want you.

"The best thing about this club is the relationship with the manager.

"We stay honest by him, and he stays honest by us.

"We let everyone else deal with the speculation and we just concentrate on our football.

"We have long-term contracts and we are paid to play. I have learned over the years that it is important to have respect for the football club, because of how much the fans and the club puts into us."

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