Roberto Martinez happy to be linked with Spurs job

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he is happy to be linked with the job at Tottenham - because it shows that he is doing a good job at Goodison Park.

Spurs boss Tim Sherwood is expected to be shown the door in the summer, having taken over from Andre Villas-Boas in December.

Ajax boss Frank de Boer has been heavily linked with a move to White Hart Lane along with Southampton's Maurico Pochettino, while recent reports have suggested that Martinez is on Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy's shortlist.

The former Wigan manager joined Everton at the start of the season and looks set to guide the Toffees to fifth place in the Premier League having amassed a record points tally.

The 40-year-old says he's flattered to be linked with the job at Tottenham.

"Any speculation I take as a real football compliment," he said. "This is the time you get rumours about the next moves. That means we have done something right."

Martinez and Everton's success this season has been criticised by some because of the players they have taken on loan including Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu.

After admitting that he will probably need to sign seven players to make up for the loss of those players when they return to their parents clubs, Martinez says Everton's success means it's inevitable that other clubs will be looking to sign his best players.

"We have performed well and that affects players, staff and managers," he explained. "We take it in a positive manner and carry on working hard."

Tottenham, who look destined to finish in 6th place behind Everton, take on Aston Villa in their last game of the season, while the Toffees take on Hull.

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