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Everton rejects claims defender could move to China

Phil Jagielka is going nowhere. Credit: PA

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has refuted claims Phil Jagielka could move to China before the end of the month.

The Toffees skipper had been linked with a transfer to the wealthy Chinese Super League but Martinez has dismissed it out of hand.

Asked about any potential deal Martinez said: "There is no substance whatsoever in that."

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Martinez: New striker ready for Everton debut

Oumar Niasse could play at the weekend. Credit: PA

Deadline-day signing Oumar Niasse could make his Everton debut against West Brom on Saturday.

The striker, who signed from Lokomotiv Moscow last Monday for £13.5million, did not have clearance to face Newcastle last week and was left out of the squad for the weekend's 3-0 win over Stoke after only completing one full training session.

Niasse, a 25-year-old Senegal international, has not played a competitive game since December.

He had one full session with the team before the Stoke game but I thought it was probably a bit too early.

This week has been completely different, he has had a really good working period and all he needs is some good solid work before he can compete in the team.

The Premier League is a competition that you have to be ready in order to have an impact.

It is important he gets the time and the understanding he needs but, at the same time, I have seen he is desperate to be involved.

– Roberto Martinez

Martinez backs Everton's Lennon for England recall

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has no doubt England could still benefit from the services of Aaron Lennon.

The 28-year-old Toffees winger has been in fine form of late and Saturday's 3-0 Barclays Premier League win at Stoke saw him score for the third game in a row in all competitions.

Aaron Lennon has 21 England caps. Credit: PA

He has 21 England caps, but has not made an international appearance since February 2013.

Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson was watching Saturday's match from the stands, and when asked afterwards if he thought Lennon had any chance of making England's Euro 2016 squad, Martinez said: "Obviously it is not down to me.

"But I get the opportunity to work with Aaron day in, day out, and he is such an important player.

"We all know the quality he brings - the pace, the one v one ability, the work-rate, the understanding - and that experience he has is invaluable.

"There are other players in that position, but I think he is showing he can be of incredible value to any squad, and clearly for his national team, he could be a real help."

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Martinez: Premier League will be better with Pep

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes the arrival of Pep Guardiola in the Premier League will inspire coaches up and down the country.

The Bayern Munich and former Barcelona boss will take over from Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini this summer and his fellow Catalan believes it will only produce positive results.

Pep Guardiola is on his way to Man City. Credit: PA

"Pep Guardiola is one the best managers in world football - the record is there to back that up - but I don't think we are discovering anything by saying that," he said.

"Obviously he's Catalan and I should know that very well - I know exactly what he is as a person, as a winner.

"He's going to bring a very successful football philosophy and without a doubt he'll affect a lot of young coaches and managers in the country.

"He'll bring a completely different tactical approach in the British game.

"He's got an attention to detail that's very different to find in any other manager.

"It's going to be fantastic for the league, the Premier League will be a better league with Pep Guardiola in it."

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