Arteta: Keep hold of Everton stars

August 18, 2011

Mikel Arteta wants Everton to keep hold of their star players.

In an exclusive interview with BBC Sport, which will be broadcasted on Football Focus at 12:15pm on Saturday, the Spaniard said it was imperative that the likes of Phil Jagielka were not sold, and that he understood the fans’ concern over a lack of fresh faces at Goodison Park.

“We know the situation at the moment. We cannot spend money like other clubs,” Arteta said.

“That is sensible, even if it is not very popular. But at least we have been able to keep our best players. If we cannot sign  new players we must keep the ones we have.

“It has been the same with myself, with Tim Cahill, Marouane Fellaini and so many other players in previous years. It is important that we stayed, now and for the future.

“Do we need to buy players? Hopefully, by the end of August someone will come in who will help but if that is not the case then we know what we have got in the team and we will have to fight.”