New Everton manager Roberto Martinez could offer left-back Leighton Baines a new deal as a result of strong performances last season. 

The Spaniard also hopes that the offer of a new contract could persuade the defender to stay with the club, after Manchester United manager David Moyes was reportedly interested in signing his former player. 

The former Wigan manager has stated it is a priority to keep Baines, as he is seen as an important part of his plans for the future.

Baines is also considered England's second-choice left-back, but with Ashley Cole nearing the end of his England career, Everton would then have a player of substantial international quality, boosting his value in the future. 

Speaking to Everton's official website, Martinez said he is keen to reward the England international. 

"It is very important and it's a case of rewarding players who have been phenomenal for the football club," he said. "I think Leighton is in that category. The chairman is very keen to express that and obviously I'm desperately looking forward to meeting the players."

Martinez also highlighted that he is looking forward to seeing Baines progress at Goodison Park next season. 

"For Leighton, as the top performer he has been in the last few years, it is important that we reward his work and make sure that he can look forward to kicking on to the next chapter of his career with Everton," Martinez continued. "That's important for the club as a whole, not just the dressing room."


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