Martinez rules out Coleman sale in January

by Richard Laverty

Everton will rebuff any move Manchester United attempt to make for their right-back Seamus Coleman during the January transfer window.

Reports had previously emerged earlier this month that United were chasing Coleman as a direct replacement for Rafael Da Silva due to the latter’s form and fitness.

The Brazilian has rarely featured of late and even when he returned to the squad Antonio Valencia was preferred despite the fact the Ecuadorian isn’t even a defender.

But Everton manager Roberto Martinez is appearing defiant on claims the Republic of Ireland international could leave the club during the January transfer window.

“I’m not entertaining the speculation of big sales. We are not going to sell our big assets at the club during the January window,” stated Martinez.

“So all of those stories, admirations or efforts from outside is just a waste of time.

“I’ve said before that we’re in a position where all it matters is to get a strong momentum in the league and be as good as we can be in the cups.”

Coleman has since been pictured wearing a United replica shirt when he was a young boy playing in his native Ireland and he may have his head turned if the interest is genuine from Louis van Gaal.

United can be expected to make their move at the end of the season if Everton refuse to entertain a deal this month.

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