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Everton targeting Champions League place, says Martinez

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Roberto Martinez has promised Everton chairman Bill Kenwright that his side will fight for a place in the Champions League next season. 

Speaking yesterday, Kenwright revealed how the former Swansea City and Wigan Athletic boss had guaranteed he would take the Merseyside club to at least the group stages of Europe's premier competition.

The 39 year-old, who hopes to build on the club's recent success under David Moyes - now in charge at Manchester United - has however told of how that aim is just "a dream" for the time being. He told reporters: "I am not saying it is a realistic target, it has to be the dream.

"We should be fighting to one day be in the Champions League spots. We cannot expect that to be a target straight away, that is not the league we are in."

FA Cup winning coach Martinez has also said that it is important for the club to strengthen, before striving for such lofty goals: "We want to bring an extra dimension and competition for places.

"We need to bring new signings, players who will develop that competition and give different options on the playing field."

But the Spaniard's first job as Everton boss is likely to be to convince the likes of Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellani to stay at Goodison Park. 

"When you are successful, and Everton were clearly every successful last season, you will always get interest in players from other football clubs. He insisted he was "not worried" by the reported interest, before adding: "It happens here, and in every football club in the land. We are not worried about that. We want the players to feel really appreciated.

"We need to invest and bring players in which will allow us to start this season with a stronger team than the one that ended the campaign."

Moyes, who guided the Toffees to seven consecutive top eight finishes, qualified for the 2005 Champions League - only to be beaten by eventual semi-finalists Villarreal in a qualifier, and reached the 2009 FA Cup final, will be a hard man to replace but Martinez, who famously won the competition with Wigan Athletic last season, believes that he will justify his four-year contract - something that some fans remain sceptical of. 

"The only thing I want is that every fan at Everton can be proud of what we are trying to do. I need to answer all the critics with work That is nothing different to what I have done in the past," he said.

"It is healthy that there are people questioning the appointment. It keeps me desperate to show them what I can do and one day turn them around."

 

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