The Sky Sports pundit said he had admired Baines adding that he had formed a solid base of excellent performances for Everton over the last couple of years.
“I’ve seen a lot of the speculation over the last few days about Leighton,” he said. “He had a fantastic season last year and was brilliant for Everton.
“He’s been a great performer for the last few years and it’s inevitable that he will be linked with the top clubs in the Premier League.”
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