Updated: Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 15:34 | Comments
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has rubbished claims Seamus Coleman is on his way to Manchester United and insists the defender will form part of the club’s new generation.
Reports suggested the Republic of Ireland international, who is having his best season at Goodison Park and is the club’s second-highest scorer with seven goals, was in advanced talks to be reunited with former boss David Moyes at Old Trafford.
However, Martinez dismissed the speculation and said they were looking to reward the younger players who had progressed under his leadership.
“It must be a different Seamus Coleman because we’ve not had a conversation with anyone,” said the Spaniard.
“Seamus has been having a very good season and we want that to continue and in the next ten games it is important he carries on with the same levels he has shown, developing his football.
“He is becoming a very important player at Everton and he will become a very important player for his national team and we want Seamus to be here for a very long time.”
Former Sligo Rovers player Coleman, 25, has won 21 international caps since making his debut in 2011.