Sylvain Distin

Martinez: No sentiment for Distin

Sylvain Distin EvertonEverton boss Roberto Martinez says that it is extremely unlikely that Sylvain Distin will be brought into the first team for a fond farewell as his contract expires with the club.

Distin has been out of the first team for much of the season since the emergence of young John Stones and the partnership he has formed with captain Phil Jagielka at the heart of defence.

“I don’t think so,” Martinez told reporters when asked if Distin would be given an appearance to say goodbye to supporters. “We need to prepare for next season and we are not in a situation just to give a send-off to anyone for any reason.”

The Everton manager also responded to Distin’s claim that “the truth always comes out” via social media, saying that he is sure that Distin will tell the truth which Martinez sees as nothing other than decisions for the team.

“I’m sure that if he comes out and tells the truth, he’s going to say the truth,” the Spaniard added.

“His situation has never been an issue in terms of anything away from having a difficult period as a team defensively and you have to find the best partnership.

“You get a young man like John Stones who has emerged. You can only play 11 players.

“He’s 37, he’s had a phenomenal career, but we have a young man at the age of 20 who has created a really good partnership, and you have to make decisions for the good of the team, not to satisfy individuals.”

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