Date:Wednesday August 6 2014
After just one season at Everton, James McCarthy has been linked with a £25million move to either Manchester United or Tottenham.
But the speculation has not affected the 23-year-old, who has shown that pressure from a £13million price tag also didn't bother him.
Everton shelled out £13million in a deal that many Evertonians wondering if it had been a bit of a gamble.
But whilst it was big money, it was yet another gamble that Martinez pulled off as McCarthy enjoyed an excellent debut season at Everton.
He made 39 appearances for Everton during his first season and the Republic Of Ireland midfielder is looking forward to making many more.
"I`m enjoying life here. I feel part of the family. It`s a real family club and it`s great to be involved in. It`s been a year since I came but it feels a lot longer than that." McCarthy told The Echo.
It's been a positive summer for Everton, with Ross Barkley signing a new long-term contract and the permanent signings of Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry, as well as the new signing of Muhamed Besic.
He continued: "Me and Gaz (Gareth Barry) loved playing in the middle of the park last season. He was brilliant to work with and I`m excited he`s stayed. He`s an experienced head and talks away to you both on and off the pitch.
"There`s competition there now. We`ve got Gibbo (Darren Gibson) coming back (from injury) and the new boy Muhamed (Besic) looks like a good player.
"We`ll need that competition with the new season coming and so many games. We`ll all have to be on our toes with so many talented boys ready to come in and do a job.
Vital Everton is 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forums but you can also write an article to be published on the website or a suggest a poll so you can air your views.
Date:Wednesday August 6 2014
Stats: Southampton v Everton (Saturday December 20 2014)
Eto'o and Barry in for Southampton trip (Saturday December 20 2014)
Southampton V Everton Match Preview (Saturday December 20 2014)
Points target for Champions League in 2015? (Friday December 19 2014)
Focus is still on top four for Everton (Thursday December 18 2014)
Naismith deal keeps him at Goodison till 2019 (Thursday December 18 2014)
Mutch lost the plot says Mirallas (Wednesday December 17 2014)
Everton off to Wankdorf (Tuesday December 16 2014)
Important to bounce back (Tuesday December 16 2014)
Everton 3 - 1 QPR (Tuesday December 16 2014)
|12. Aston Villa||17||5||5||7||-10||20|
|Vital Report: Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal
» Liverpool : 22/12/2014 08:20:00
|Totally Deserved, says Gus Poyet
» Sunderland : 22/12/2014 01:34:00
|Pardew Will Have To Live With 4 In A Row Tab.
» Sunderland : 22/12/2014 01:12:00
|4 In A Row @NUFC
» Newcastle : 22/12/2014 00:52:00
|Sunderland Beat Newcastle Yet Again
» Sunderland : 21/12/2014 22:31:00