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Martinez flattered by Tottenham interest

ESPN staff
May 9, 2014
Roberto Martinez has enjoyed an impressive first season with Everton since joining from Wigan Athletic last year © PA Photos

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has admitted he is flattered by being linked with the Tottenham job.

Martinez has been tipped to replace Spurs manager Tim Sherwood in the summer after guiding Everton to fifth in the Premier League table and the Spaniard says the interest is a vindication of the hard work of everyone at Goodison Park this season.

"Any speculation I take as a real football compliment," said Martinez. "This is the time you get rumours about the next moves. That means we have done something right."

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is reportedly hoping to tempt Martinez to White Hart Lane with the kind of transfer budget that is not on offer at Everton. Other candidates to replace Sherwood include Ajax head coach Frank de Boer and Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Martinez has led Everton to their highest ever Premier League points tally, but could struggle to replicate the same success next year. He has admitted he will need up to seven new recruits this summer and faces the prospect of losing some of his most influential performers when loan deals expire.

"We have performed well and that affects players, staff and managers," Martinez said. "We take it in a positive manner and carry on working hard."

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