Everton manager Roberto Martinez has refuted suggestions that Seamus Coleman is in talks with Manchester United about a possible summer move.
It was reported in the UK on Wednesday that the right-back was on the verge to a move to the Premier League champions. However, Matinez responded to these suggestions by stressing the importance of the Killybegs native to the Merseyside club.
“It must be a different Seamus Coleman,” the Spaniard said on Thursday. “Seamus is an intelligent man, and he is not going to get affected by what is written in the media one way or another.
“He is very much a level-headed boy, and he knows that he has incredible potential. He knows that I think the world of him, and that he can carry on developing into a top, top footballer.
“The stories on the outside, they only give you a compliment. In football, the moment that you drop your standards, the stories will go the other way and will start to be negative. As a player, you need to be level-headed and concentrate on your performances.
Coleman has been having an excellent season at Everton, scoring seven times including the winners in last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Cardiff City as his side chase a place in next season’s Uefa Europa League.
“The truth is Seamus has been having a very good season and we want that to continue,” Martinez added. “He’s becoming a very important player at Everton and will be of his national team and we want him to stay here for a long, long time. We’ve got a clear strategy of how we want to keep this club together, “We’ve got a new generation coming through and we want to keep the senior players together as long as we can.
“We always work very consistently behind the scenes. Everything goes accordingly to the efforts and performances of the players - it’s not down to the media speculation.
We will always be rewarding young players that do well and progress. As they change their role within the squad, it’s only normal to be rewarding them.”