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Martinez: Lukaku could be best in the world

Everton may have smashed their transfer record to sign striker Romelu Lukaku but manager Roberto Martinez insists the fee is irrelevant if the player fulfils his potential.

Rom is vitally important but his transfer fee will not count for anything in terms of him developing and having an important role in the side.

This dressing room has got a special feeling and it is not about how much you pay for players to come in, it is about selecting the players to be in there.

We really needed Rom at the club and that is where the chairman (Bill Kenwright) and the board have been exceptional and I do think it is a key moment at our club.

I am looking at that number nine position - and I am probably biased - but he is potentially the best choice in world football.

– Everton manager Roberto Martinez


Barkley: I'm here for trophies

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley says he's staying at Goodison Park as he believes the team can push on to win trophies.

It is sending out the message that we want to do well and win silverware," said the youngster.

We have to keep good players at the club and we've done that with Bainesy (Leighton Baines) signing a new contract, Seamus (Coleman) and a few others.

It is stability and it shows we want to push on and don't want to stand still.

– Everton midfielder Ross Barkley
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