Roberto Martinez: 'No bid will encourage Ross Barkley sale'

Ross Barkley of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Everton at Carrow Road on August 17, 2013
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Ross Barkley will not be sold even if a "huge" offer is made to Everton, according to Roberto Martinez.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has claimed that not even a "huge" transfer offer can persuade the club to sell Ross Barkley this summer.

Barkley's displays for the Toffees in the Premier League this season earned him a spot in England's World Cup squad, but Martinez insists that seeing the midfielder's stock rise does not mean that his departure is a possibility in the transfer window.

"I would not sell even if we got a huge bid. It would be wrong for him," the Spaniard told reporters. "I always feel as manager you develop a relationship with players and you're always honest with that.

"Ross is a phenomenal talent, probably the best English talent I have ever seen, but he is not the finished article yet and you need to be very careful.

"It's our duty to protect him and I know Everton is the perfect place for him for the next 12 months."

Barkley has been tipped to shine in Brazil by Everton and England teammate Phil Jagielka.

Ross Barkley of Everton celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on May 3, 2014
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