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Everton determined to keep Arteta away from Real Madrid

Everton are determined to resist any interest from Real Madrid for midfield ace Mikel Arteta.

Marca says Everton management have taken the speculation seriously and are closing ranks around the Spaniard, hoping to shield him from the speculation.

Arteta was contacted by the Spanish newspaper yesterday and the midfielder said: "I can say I am focused only on the match against Liverpool. That's the only thing that interests me at the moment."

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