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Martinez: We've had no Fellaini bids

Created on 07 Aug., 2013 9:37 PM GMT

Everton have not received one bid for Marouane Fellaini, despite Manchester United's alleged interest, according to Roberto Martinez.

The Everton boss has endured constant speculation linking Fellaini and left-back Leighton Baines with moves elsewhere.

New Manchester United manager David Moyes – who joined the Old Trafford outfit from Everton - has been regularly linked with the pair but both remain at Goodison Park with the start of the season less than a fortnight away.

Manchester United have seen attempts to sign Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas rebuffed, with the former joining Bayern Munich, as Moyes looks to sign a key midfielder.

But the Premier League champions are yet to make their reported interest in Fellaini concrete, with Martinez revealing no offers have been made for the Belgian, who scored 11 goals in 31 league appearances last term for Everton.

"There are no bids," Martinez said.

"When you read that someone is interested in someone, it doesn't mean there is a bid on the table.

"Marouane has been working really hard. Leighton Baines has been working really hard for the team and that's all that matters."

Martinez insists the media reports linking the pair with moves away from Everton do not bother him.

And he added that he takes the reported interest in Fellaini and Baines as a compliment as the countdown to the new season continues.

"Headlines in the media happen at this time of the season unfortunately but it won't distract me from the work we have to do. I'm not bothered at all," he said.

"It is speculation in the media and you'll never stop that. I've said from day one as a manager you only concentrate on working hard. I don't mind having my players grabbing headlines. That's a good story because it means they've been doing well and performing well.

"I'm only concentrating on having as strong a squad as possible for the start of the season. That's all my concern is."

Martinez's first Premier League fixture in charge of Everton will come at Norwich City on August 17.

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