Roberto Martinez has insisted Everton left-back Leighton Baines has a long term future at the club despite strong interest from Manchester United, reports The Express.
The England international was targeted by the Red Devils this past summer, however former Everton boss David Moyes failed to bring him to Old Trafford.
However it has recently been reported that Manchester United are ready to swoop for the England international once again in the January transfer window.
It was thought that it would take around £15 million for the Red Devils to land the 28-year-old, however Martinez has ruled out the possible departure of his prize asset.
Martinez told reporters: "We want to have Leighton [Baines] for the long term and that will never change. Tony [Hibbert] is someone we want at the club as long as we can have him.
"We will be linked with many players. We will look at opportunities but now is not the time to talk about these things."
Baines is currently on the injury list at the Merseyside outfit and the Everton boss revealed he is unsure when his star will return to action.
He continued by saying: "It's still too early to know how long Leighton [Baines] will be out.
With Martinez desperate to keep Baines at the club, Manchester United boss Moyes may now have to go in search of a new target to act as a long term replacement for Patrice Evra.
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