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Martinez always felt affinity with Everton

Roberto Martinez admits he's always felt an affinity with Everton.

Since taking over at Wigan in 2009, the Spaniard has sat in the stadium's opposition dugout on five occasions.

"I can't describe it when I come to games here," the new Everton manager told the club's website. "It's a feeling that you develop, a feeling that you belong here and now I can start exploring more and making sure I know what the fans want and we can reflect that on the pitch.

"It's important in modern football not to lose the values of the game. I always believe that the real value is the fans, to understand what the fans want and make sure that the football on the pitch reflects that.

"I think that is clear at Everton - there are football values and an incredible passion. I arrived at Goodison and got that feeling straight away, that sense of pride in the club. I need to make sure that I can fit in quickly and be a part of them."

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