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Thu Apr 24 16:15:20 SAST 2014

Baines calm over United link

TEAMtalk Media | 01 July, 2012 15:300 Comments
Leighton Baines during an England training session during Euro 2012 on June 13, 2012 in Krakow, Poland
Image by: Scott Heavey / Getty Images

Everton defender Leighton Baines has shrugged off speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United during the current transfer window.

The England international, who travelled with Roy Hodgson's squad to Euro 2012 but failed to make an appearance in their four games, has been mooted as Patrice Evra's successor at Old Trafford.

However, Baines is refusing to get too excited by the reported interest from the Red Devils as he is all too aware that the silly season tends to bring about all sorts of rumours.

"I've been aware of what's been sort of said in the press and what's not. I don't know much beyond that to tell you the truth. I can't really say too much about it," he said.

"I've got three years still to go on my contract. I don't think it does anyone any harm to be linked with a club like Manchester United. But it doesn't do any good, either.

"It is just one of those things. It tends to swing around at this time of the year. People put two and two together sometimes they get four and sometimes they get three or five. It gets other people more excited than those involved."

The 27-year-old recently indicated he is happy at Goodison Park but admits he is concerned that the Toffees are seen as a selling club due to their financial restraints.

"I think there is a problem in that players do have to be sold," Baines said. "Obviously, over the years, manager David Moyes has lost players here and there that I am sure he would have liked to keep.

"Whether that was because the club has needed the money or whether it's because they have received what they considered to be a considerable bid for a player, I can't say.

"But the club has always done good business in that sense and the manager has done well in bringing in people at a certain amount and when they have moved on, he has tended to double his money - or more.

"But maybe it would be nice to see us hang on to those players and add a couple."

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