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The Goodison Park chief says the club's new Spanish manager has developed an immediate affection for the Merseyside club, and is eager to kick-start pre-season preparations

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright says new Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is “in love” with the club.

Martinez joined the Goodison Park outfit at the start of June, agreeing a four-year deal on Merseyside after leaving Wigan.

And Kenwright believes the club have already made a huge impression on the 39-year-old, who is itching to get started with pre-season preparations.

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“Roberto's not patient! He wants to be in there, wants to be with the players, wants to be at it,” Kenwright told the Liverpool Echo.

He's excited about the pre-season tours to Austria and America - I've told him to bring us home a trophy. He's in love. He's in love with Everton.”

Kenwright believes the Everton faithful are already reciprocating Martinez's passion for the club, and have taken to the new manager very quickly.

“I’ve brought [Martinez] in and I want him to work with that audience which is Evertonians.

“And that in itself is a thrill, that in itself is an adventure and that in itself is exciting – and also worrying because it’s not an easy job taking over from David Moyes.

“But it seems to me that there is a real feeling for Roberto already.”

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