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Baines flattered by United link

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Everton defender and reported Manchester United transfer target Leighton Baines admitted he was flattered by the link with a move to Old Trafford.

 

Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly eyed Baines as a long-term replacement for current Red Devils left-back Patrice Evra.

 

However, the 27-year-old asserted he would not be dwelling on any speculation while he was with England for Euro 2012 and claimed he was happy at Everton.

 

“The United link is flattering. There is no harm in people talking about it because it is a great club,” he said.

 

“But I'm at a great club as well, a club that I love. The focus now is all on the tournament. There's not much time to let other things seep in.”

 

Despite his admission, Baines would not be drawn any further on a possible move to United.

 

The former Wigan man did reveal it would be hard for him to leave the Toffees and suggested any decision to leave would not be taken lightly.

 

“Would it be hard to turn United down? I'm not letting my focus shift to that while I am in [the England] camp. I'm focused on what I'm doing at the moment,” he added.

 

“Would it be hard to leave Everton? Yes, obviously. You know what it means. I've been there for five years myself but also know first-hand what it means to a lot of people so, yes it would be.”

 

Baines had another productive season under David Moyes and received a call up to the Euro 2012 squad, where he will be understudy to Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole.

 

Roy Hodgson’s side get their campaign in Poland and Ukraine under way on Monday, June 11 against France.

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