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Everton boss delighted with pre-season

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Roberto Martinez had told Everton TV that their team's pre-season tour of the United States has been hugely useful to him as he get to know his new team ahead of the new Barclays Premier League season.

The Spaniard took over at Goodison Park in July following David Moyes' departure to champions Manchester United.

Despite ending the tour with a 1-0 defeat to Valencia, Martinez believes the tour overall was a good experience.

"We played Real Madrid, Juventus and Valencia and it has been an important workout and it has been great for me to get a lot of information on partnerships and individuals in view of the start of the season. From that point of view it has been a real success," he told Everton TV.

Centre-back Phil Jagielka says the tour has made the whole squad hungry to get the season start.

The newly appointed captain said: "The tour has been good. The opposition has been fantastic, the training facilities have been really good, so it is positive and it will make the difference when the season starts. Hopefully we start off well," he told Everton TV.

The Toffees have one finally pre-season game left against Real Betis on Sunday before they kick-off the season away against Norwich City.

Meanwhile, Martinez, 40, has denied reports that Manchester United has made a second swoop for midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

Moyes has failed to make any big signings this summer and after failing in his attempt to lure Cesc Fabregas to Old Trafford, the Scot has turned his attentions back to the Belgium international.

The Scotsman has also reportedly renewed his interest in Leighton Baines. Moyes had a £12million bid rejected by the Merseyside club and he will be considering a much improved offer - one that cannot be turned down.


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