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Everton boss Martinez shelves Baines contract talks

Everton boss Roberto Martinez admits new contract talks have been shelved for Leighton Baines.

Everton plan to offer Baines a 50 per cent pay hike to £75,000-a-week after he accepted the club's decision to resist Manchester United's efforts to buy him in the summer.

"At the moment, all it is is the games and any individual contracts or situations are put aside," said the new Everton manager.

"The only thing that concerns me is just to make sure he's as fit as he can be and gets in a stronger position and balances the demands of England and club level.

"That's what I'm focused on, that his day to day is perfect.

"Everything else, behind the scenes we're happy with the situation and we're making sure he's happy as well."

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