Everton have shelved plans to hand Leighton Baines a new deal, reports David Anderson of the Mirror—which is at odds with a report from Graham Chase of the Daily Star.
The Toffees held firm in the face of interest from Manchester United in the summer transfer window, and it was reported that Baines would be handed a new deal for staying loyal to the Merseysiders.
However, Anderson’s piece quotes Everton manager Roberto Martinez as saying the club have placed all contract discussions on hold to retain focus on games.
At the moment, all it is is the games and any individual contracts or situations are put aside.
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.
Anderson’s report differs from his Star counterpart Chase, who says Everton are in the process of handing Baines a fresh contract.
Chase says the Everton hierarchy are delighted with Baines’ commitment and want to tie him to a long-term deal.