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Roberto Martinez calm over Leighton Baines future

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that speculation over the future of Leighton Baines does not concern him.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said that he is not concerned over speculation linking Leighton Baines with a move away from the club.

The 28-year-old England defender was reportedly a target for Manchester United manager David Moyes during the summer transfer window.

Martinez believes that rumours will surface when a player is performing well for club and country.

"As a manager, the only thing that concerns me is to see Leighton enjoying his football and being consistent with his performances," Soccerway quotes Martinez as saying.

"You're not going to stop the rumours and the talk; that comes with a player performing so well. You are always going to get that.

"So I'm not concerned about that. All I want is Leighton to be proud of being an Everton footballer, carry on enjoying his football and carry on performing in the manner that he's been doing. That's the only thing I want."

Baines has two years remaining on his current deal at Goodison Park.

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England football squad member Leighton Baines speak to journalists during a press conference at the Grange Hotel near Watford, England, on October 13, 2013
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