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Martinez keen to reward 'phenomenal' Everton stalwart Baines
Martinez keen to reward 'phenomenal' Everton stalwart Baines

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Martinez keen to reward 'phenomenal' Everton stalwart Baines

New Everton manager Roberto Martinez is keen to reward Leighton Baines for his "phenomenal" contribution to the club.

The left back played every minute of the Toffees' Premier League campaign last season, which added fuel to the speculation that former boss David Moyes would want to bring him to Manchester United. Martinez, with the support of chairman Bill Kenwright, feels Baines - who has two years remaining on his current contract - deserves recognition for his efforts for Everton and could be set to hand the 28-year-old a new deal to remain at Goodison Park.

"It is very important and it’s [a case of] rewarding players who have been phenomenal for the football club, and I think Leighton is in that category," Martinez told the club's official website. "The chairman is very keen to express that and obviously I’m desperately looking forward to meeting the players.

"For Leighton, as the top performer he has been in the last few years, it is important that we reward his work and make sure that he can look forward to kicking-on and go into the next chapter of his career with Everton.

"That’s important for the club as a whole, not just the dressing room."

Baines was included in the Professional Footballers' Association's Team of the Year before being named both Everton's Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year last season.

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