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The England defender has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United to follow manager David Moyes, but insists he is excited about life at Goodison Park

Everton’s Leighton Baines is adamant he is looking forward to working under new boss Roberto Martinez, despite rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United.

Former boss David Moyes is thought to be keen on bringing the England defender with him to Old Trafford, but Baines says he is fully focused on continuing life at Goodison Park under a new manager.

"He was one of the first names linked with the job and the feeling straight away was he would be a great appointment," he told the club's official website.

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"He has a different style to what we have been used to but I think it is progressive and it will move us forward.

"It is also exciting for the players to be able to try that now.

"The style in general appeals to a lot of people. Wigan were a great side to watch - they just didn't win enough games.

"But the manager will be working with some better players here and he will be looking forward to that as well now, being able to put his plan out there.

"We have got good players at the club who could probably execute the style of play better than the players he's worked with before, without being disrespectful to them.

"He might have a little bit more confidence in the players - I am sure he had confidence in the players he had then but here are some really top players he can look forward to working with.

"We have time to on it, whether it is a different style of play or whether the formation changes.

"By the time we kick the first ball of the season we will be well-versed on what he wants to do."

Baines revealed he recently spoke to Martinez for the first time, and admits he was impressed with what he heard.

"We've chatted on the phone. We missed each other's call a couple of times but we eventually spoke last week," he added.

"It was just about speaking about the start of the season and looking forward to working with each other.

"Anyone you speak to only says great things about him, as a manager and as a person."

While the Toffees are yet to make any moves in the transfer market, Baines is hoping to see some new signings arrive soon.

"It is always the best-case scenario but it doesn't always work like that," he continued.

"I am sure the manager will have identified his targets now. I think all managers like to get their business done if possible.

"If we can get them in it is better for the team, the new players can get used to playing with us and vice-versa."