Everton star Leighton Baines looks set to stay at Everton after declaring how excited he is to work with new manager Roberto Martinez.

Baines was heavily linked with a move away from Everton, with Manchester United looking the most likely destination after they appointed former Toffees manager David Moyes.

But Baines has quashed those rumours by saying that Martinez’s appointment is a ‘great’ move by the club.

Baines, speaking to the Independent, said: "He has a different style to what we have been used to but I think it is progressive and it will move us forward. 

"It is also exciting for the players to be able to try that now.

"The style in general appeals to a lot of people. Wigan were a great side to watch - they just didn't win enough games.

"But the manager will be working with some better players here and he will be looking forward to that as well now, being able to put his plan out there."

Baines is sure to play a key role in Martinez's attacking philosophy.

The defender has been a key performer both in attack and defence for a number of seasons at Goodison Park now and he should be granted even more freedom to express himself under the Spaniard.

The England international is convinced the rest of his teammates will be fully adapted to their new manager’s style of play by the beginning of the Premier League season in August.

"We have time to work on it, whether it is a different style of play or whether the formation changes," Baines explained

"By the time we kick the first ball of the season we will be well-versed on what he wants to do."

The Toffees will have to hit the ground running if they are to achieve their manager’s ambitions aims of targeting Champions League football. Baines’ form will be crucial if they are to seal a top-four spot, with the left-back being widely recognised as one of the best players in his position across the division.  


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