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Martinez: No summer squad overhaul

Martinez post KievRoberto Martinez has stated that he won’t be overhauling his first team squad once the summer transfer window opens.

The Everton boss signalled his intent to bring in ‘two or three players’ to add to his existing squad in today’s pre-match press conference ahead of the weekend visit of Burnley, and the Spaniard was also quizzed on the futures of Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcaraz – two players whose contracts expire at the end of the current campaign.

“It is a case of finding two or three players who fit in with what we are and that is a really key selection now; to make sure those targets fit in our football club. It is not a rebuilding job,” Martinez revealed.

“We have got a strong team with incredible experience – all we need is two or three players to take us to the next level and that’s something that is based on a lot of work and a lot of effort identifying those players.

“The recruitment department has been working really well over the last six months because we need to assemble a really strong squad for next season.

“We have got a lot of people working and identifying the targets that we need to help the players we have in place. The dressing room is strong and anything we do in the summer is to get us in a better place.

“At the moment there are no decisions made. I wouldn’t say they (Distin and Alcaraz) are playing for their futures. In football it doesn’t matter if you have a contract or not, you always need to improve and show the right attitude and show you are ready to be part of the future.

“When you get players at the end of the contact, a decision needs to be made and it’s not just the Club, it’s the player as well. Overall, we are very much aware of the situations we have contractually.”

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Tom Power is a 28 year old trainee journalist and assistant editor of NSNO.

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