Manchester United could not bully Everton

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Manchester United could not bully Everton on transfer deadline day and the Toffees got exactly what they wanted, nothing less, for Marouane Fellaini, according to Roberto Martinez.

The Everton manager admitted it was a blow losing such an influential player to former manager David Moyes, but was insistent that the Old Trafford club had to meet their valuation fully.

Fellaini's £27.5million move to Manchester United was announced shortly after the 11pm deadline had passed and the Premier League champions were criticised for a poorly organised transfer window.

The was partly down to missing out on various targets, but also because they reportedly could have bought Fellaini for £4million cheaper due to a clause in his contract, which expired in August, that said Everton must accept a bid of that size from a club in the Champions League.

Martinez was understandably pleased with the business done over the Belgium international, as well as hanging on to Leighton Baines after another bid from Manchester United was rejected, and felt it was important a big club was not able to pressure a smaller club into selling for less than their valuation.

"Everything was done on our terms and that's what is important," he is quoted as saying in the Manchester Evening News.

"The contractual situation of Marouane was quite straightforward: his (buy-out) clause expired on July 31 and from that point on the valuation was completely different and he had a premium on top.

"More and more you realise that the club make decisions on what is best for the club. If you are contracted to the club whatever the player says counts for very little. If it is not the right terms it is not going to happen.

"We don't have to sell players and we are in a position where unless clubs meet the player's valuation there will never be a decision made - that was the case with Leighton.

"It is never a good time to lose important players - and Marouane was a big performer - but with the manner we handled it we ended up with a good squad with more variety and with a focus not just on the present but for the future."

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