New Everton manager Roberto Martinez has admitted he can't wait for pre-season so he can begin work with his squad.
The players are set to return to training at the beginning of July as they prepare for the first fixture of their new Premier League campaign against Norwich on August 17.
Martinez will take his team to the United States to play three matches in the International Champions Cup and the Spaniard has expressed his excitement, but also the importance of pre-season.
“I am very much looking forward to working with this group of players as they achieved great levels last campaign and that is something that gives us a great platform to start from in pre-season,” Martinez told evertontv.
“That’s important, that the players are here and they will get a little bit of help with the new signings and all together, we can work from where we are now, so that [pre-season] is something that gives you a very good starting point.
“As a manager you can never be satisfied until you are with your players and the team working on the training ground and until then you are just waiting to get started.
“I’m very much looking forward to getting the next few weeks out of the way as quick as we can.”
Martinez will hope to continue the fantastic work done by David Moyes during his 11-year tenure at the club. The Toffees finished sixth last season ahead of Merseyside rivals Liverpool before the Scot took over as Manchester United manager.
Since Martinez's arrival, Everton have announced plans to upgrade their training and playing facilities at the club. They will install a new state-of-the-art playing surface at Goodison Park to add to the ever increasing facilities at their training complex, Finch Farm.
Martinez has expressed his delight at the facilities is encouraged by the welcoming he has received from people at the club.
“Seeing the facilities always provides a feeling of satisfaction - as I’ve said before as the club has an incredible platform,” added Martinez. “Then you start meeting the people within the facilities and you get a real sense of real joy in the place. I am really looking forward to getting started with the players.
“Everyone at the football club has made me very welcome and that makes it easy to get a real feeling between all of us and develop a real good working mentality and a good standard of daily work.”
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