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Martinez says he wont let his key men leave Goodison

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is adamant none of his key players will be allowed to leave this month, despite new speculation about the futures of Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and John Stones.

Lukaku, their 19-goal top scorer, is set to make his 100th start for the club in Sunday's visit of Swansea but there were claims this week the Toffees had put a #65million price tag on his head.



Romelu Lukaku Credit: PA Images

Everton boss won't tackle Lukaku agent over claimsLukaku's agent claims Everton will sell for the right price. Credit: PAEverton boss Roberto Martinez declined to comment on claims from Romelu Lukaku's agent that the Toffees would sell the striker if the right offer came in.

Mino Raiola reportedly told a French radio station they had been given Martinez's blessing amid rumours of interest from Paris St Germain.

But the Spaniard was unwilling to go into the issue, saying:

"I'm not here to try to do the job of agent. I'm not going to entertain any sort of rumours and speculation. I have to do that during the transfer window, against my wishes, so as you can understand I'm quite happy now not to go into any comments."

"With Romelu, it has been a joy to see him growing and developing from a very young age. He's had a very important role with us and now I feel he's in the perfect moment to kick on and even take more responsibility on the pitch."

"All that matters to everyone at Everton is Romelu can keep fulfilling that role, keep enjoying his football and being very important for the team."

– Everton manager Roberto Martinez


Everton's Darron Gibson admits knocking over a group of cyclists while drunk at the wheel

Everton footballer Darren Gibson has been banned from driving after admitting crashing his sports car into a group of cyclists while over the limit.

Trafford magistrates heard how he fled the scene of the crash near Bowden last month before smashing into a petrol pump at a nearby filling station.

Ralph Blunsom reports:

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