Roberto Martinez: 'Leighton Baines is an icon at Everton'

Martinez: 'Baines is an Everton icon'
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Roberto Martinez describes Leighton Baines as an Everton "icon" and says that he is excited about working with the England international.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has reiterated that full-back Leighton Baines is not for sale this summer by claiming that he is "really excited" to coach the England international.

The 28-year-old is said to be a main target for Manchester United, who are believed to have failed in their opening bid for the Everton star.

"I think Leighton is more than a player, he is an icon," the Liverpool Echo quotes Martinez as saying. "He represents a lot about our football club and I am really, really excited about Leighton.

"This is a big season for him and for us as a club. When you are the left-back of this football club, and the level that he has been reaching over the last few years consistently, it shows me that he is the best left-back in the country. I can't wait to start working with him."

Reports have claimed that United will return to Goodison Park with a fresh offer for Baines.

Everton's Leighton Baines celebrates a goal against West Brom on January 30, 2013
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