Martinez: Lukaku Won’t Leave Everton, Stones Fit For United Clash

Martinez: Lukaku Won’t Leave Everton, Stones Fit For United Clash

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes his side will handle their fixture run-in very well.

The Spaniard on Friday morning also spoke to the media at his press conference as monitored by on the transfer speculation surrounding striker Romelu Lukaku.

“Finally we have got the Crystal Palace fixture re-arranged and we know when we will play against Sunderland as well.

“We have a lot of good games to look forward to and the semi-final at Wembley will be a big moment in our season.

“This period now, we have no distractions and our players back from international games have returned fully fit. It is important that now we can concentrate and fully focus on the games ahead.

“We want to see if we can attain a consistent level of performance in the last nine games of the league and in the final two steps of the FA Cup.”

Martinez then insisted that he does not feel 'unsettled' by Romelu Lukaku's claims that he may consider leaving the Merseyside outfit at the end of the season.

While on international duty with Belgium, the striker told the media that he could leave Everton in the summer as he wants to fulfil his desire of playing Champions League football.

Lukaku, who has been in fine form this season having scored 25 goals in all competitions, has been linked to Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus.

However, Martinez has claimed that he is not surprised by the speculation and is only interested in what Lukaku delivers on the pitch.

"It's normal. Every time we lose the players for the international [break], we get attracted to what the players have to comment (on). Nothing will take us away from the concentration of the next two months," the Spaniard told reporters in Friday's press conference.

"Rom (Lukaku) is having a really good season, he needs to make it an outstanding season with the two months that we have left. That's the only talking that I'm looking at – the talking on the pitch in the team and the way he's been growing in confidence this season, that's the only thing that matters.

"This speculation always (happens) because he's performing well on the pitch and people want to have a say on that.

"(His comments are) not unsettling because [playing in the Champions League] should be the aspiration of everyone – trying to reach the best competitions.

"At Everton we have that aspiration, we want to be in the Champions League, we want to be competing for titles. We want to create a real good, positive momentum and the players need to be part of that."

Lukaku joined Everton on a permanent deal from Everton in the summer of 2014 for a £28m fee.

Meanwhile according to Everton's official website, defender John Stones and Bryan Oviedo are fit and available to face Manchester Unitedon Sunday, while Martinez can also call on Kevin Mirallas.

Stones appeared to pick up a knock on duty for England in midweek, while Oviedo had missed the Blues' previous two outings as he recovered from a chest infection.