Roberto Martinez unfazed by Romelu Lukaku exit talk and claims Everton can compete with any team in the world
The big Belgian has struck 25 goals for the Toffees this season and is drawing admiring glances from clubs across Europe.
Lukaku recently fuelled speculation he could be on his way out of Goodison Park by declaring he wants to play Champions League football next season
His agent, Mino Raiola, has also been talking up a potential move away for his client, claiming Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are all keen.
But Martinez is refusing to consider the prospect of losing the 22-year-old, and claims Everton have no need to cash in on anyone following billionaire Farhad Moshiri’s investment in the club.
“It is not unsettling at all because that should be the aspiration of everyone, wanting to be as good as you can and aspiring to be in the best competitions,” said the Spaniard of Lukaku’s Champions League admission.
“We need ambitious players and players who can carry the expectations of our football club.
“At Everton we have that aspiration, we want to be in the Champions League, we were knocked out of the League Cup semi-final, we are now in an FA Cup semi-final and we want to continue that momentum.
“What we shouldn’t be afraid of is losing players. We are in a position where financially we can compete with anyone in the world – things have changed radically in that respect.
“At this present time it doesn’t really bother me what the individual situations will be in the summer.
“The reality is to play for Everton has to be an honour and a privilege. The only thing that matters now is the team’s future.
“I’m looking at the talking he does on the pitch and the way he has been growing in confidence this season – that is all that matters.”