Leighton Baines: Everton full-back happy to sign new deal

Everton's Leighton Baines

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Baines on speculation

Leighton Baines has admitted his relief at ending speculation about his future by agreeing a new deal with Everton.

The England full-back, 29, signed a new four-year contract having being linked with Manchester United.

Instead of joining up with ex-boss David Moyes, he chose to help Everton's push for Champions League football.

"It's nice to have that clarity now and be able to move forward and just concentrate on football only," Baines told BBC's Football Focus.

Roberto Martinez

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New Baines deal a boost - Martinez

Moyes was understood to be keen on a reunion with Baines at Old Trafford, having been appointed United's new manager at the end of last season.

But Roberto Martinez, who succeeded Moyes at Goodison Park, did not want Baines to leave.

"It's the club's decision in terms of what they decide to do," Baines said.

"He [Martinez] was adamant that he really wanted me to stay here. I guess it was flattering to have your old manager wanting to take you with him and your current manager wanting to keep you."

Baines admitted that he did find all the speculation unsettling, adding: "Some days you get sick of it and you want a definitive end to it one way or the other, but that's not the way it works.

"The transfer window sort of drags on quite a bit... it probably shouldn't be active once the season starts.

"Having been in that position, it's something I definitely agree with; it can be a distraction when you just want to play football, really."

Watch the full interview with Leighton Baines on Football Focus on BBC1 and BBC1 HD at 12:00 GMT on Saturday.

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