Everton: Leighton Baines to wait for new contract

Everton Leighton Baines

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Roberto Martinez has admitted Leighton Baines must wait for a new contract, but he believes the left-back can still continue to develop as a player.

The England international scored two free-kicks on Saturday to help the Toffees come from behind to beat West Ham at Upton Park.

Baines has attracted the attention of a number of clubs with Manchester United boss David Moyes seeing a number of bids rejected during the summer.

The former Everton boss tried to sign both Baines and Marouane Fellaini but he only persuaded the Toffees to sell the latter.

The 28-year-old Baines is now set for a substantial pay rise at Goodison Park, but will be forced to wait for talks as Martinez is instead targeting upcoming games.

“At the moment, all we are focusing on is games and any individual contracts or situations are put aside,” said Martinez.

“In the last two games, once the window was closed, it’s closure and he can concentrate on his football.

“In the last two games, Leighton has been sensational – probably because he’s been able to relax and enjoy his football.

“To be able to score goals from dead-ball situations is a massive strength in any team and he’s in a moment where the next three or four years will be the best in his career.

“Behind the scenes, we’re happy with the situation and we’re making sure he’s happy as well.”

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