Manchester United target hasn't asked to leave

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Roberto Martinez has insisted that Leighton Baines has not asked to leave the club in search of a move to Premier League champions Manchester United.

Baines and fellow teammate Marouane Fellaini have been the subject of bids from the Red Devils this summer, however the Merseyside club have rejected all approaches for the pair up to now.

And reports had suggested that Baines asked to leave the club for Old Trafford, but the Goodison Park chief has dismissed those claims.

Martinez told reporters: "Has Leighton ever said he wants to go to United? No. But whatever the players say in a different situation or environment could change.

"All I can tell you is that Leighton is an Evertonian and very thankful for the opportunity Everton gave him. And if he has a club like Manchester United interested in him, it's a compliment."

The Everton boss has admitted that the club have contingency plans should transfers be made before the end of the window.

"You have to have contingency plans. Believe me, the way you work in the transfer market is to always think about the unthinkable.

"We are working in a way in which you always need to have things in place. That's working within the rules of the transfer window, so we always do that.

"Once the window closes, we are going to look into all of the players in the squad and see where their contracts are up to, and then individually we will look to address that.

"It would be wrong to do that now while the transfer window is still open. That would just create even more instability."

Everton are currently preparing for a tricky trip to Premier League new-boys Cardiff City, who beat Manchester City in their last league match at home.

The Toffees have had an indifferent start to the season, drawing their opening two games, so Martinez will be desperate to gain his first Premier League win as Everton boss.

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