McCarthy flattered by Manchester United interest

The Republic of Ireland international is pleased that his performances at Goodison Park are attracting attention but insists that he remains focused on featuring for Everton
James McCarthy is flattered by interest from Manchester United but insists he is only focused on his performances for Everton.

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Goal exclusively revealed the 23-year-old is a target for both Louis van Gaal and Tottenham, with Everton slapping a £25 million price tag on the player to ward off potential suitors as they plan new contract talks.

"If a club like Manchester United are interested, obviously you are doing a good job. "We will see what happens," McCarthy told the Evening Standard.

McCarthy featured 34 times under Roberto Martinez last season following a £13 million move as Everton finished fifth and qualified for the Europa League, an achievement the midfielder calls "massive" for the club.

"You would like to get into the Champions League but, thankfully, we've got the Europa League. People say the Europa League is not such a big thing but it was a massive achievement for everyone at the club.

"Obviously, it will be a long season with the Europa League and I am sure the gaffer will bring in rotation. I'm looking forward to getting into the season and getting going again. It is a big season ahead.

"We are no different from any other club. Our main aim is to get into the Champions League. We want to improve on last season and push on even further."