Martinez warns title rivals
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has warned city rivals Liverpool not to expect any favours as he prepares his side to take on title favourites Manchester City on Saturday night.
Martinez insisted that none of the three teams challenging for the Premier League crown should expect help from an Everton team who still retain an outside chance of finishing fourth.
He said: "I don't think there's any doubt about the integrity of our football club towards the league and towards the competition.
"We are a football team and football club who want to win every game we go into and we're looking at ourselves (Saturday).
"They're precious points for us so we can't afford not to give everything to get every point we have left, but helping other teams is not the way we do our work."
Gareth Barry is ineligible to face parent club City at Goodison Park and Spaniard Martinez is angry that he will not be able to utilise the former England midfielder.
Players on loan between two top-flight clubs are not permitted to face the team that holds their registration, which is not the case in European competition.
Debate on the subject has arisen after Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan at Atletico Madrid, was instrumental in knocking his 'employers' out of the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.
And Martinez, who has utilised the loan market with the season-long signings of Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku, Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu and Manchester City's Barry does not believe the Spanish side had an unfair advantage.
"In my eyes, when you reach an agreement for a player to go, whether that be a loan or permanent transfer, then he should be allowed to play," said the Toffees boss.
"It is a decision you make in a transfer window and I don't see it as a healthy way to treat a loan player. If you make the decision to allow a player to go then it's because, for whatever reason, everyone is happy to see him at another club for that season.
"So I think the fairest way is to see what we see in European competition and see a player fully focused for the team that he is at. Then at the end of the season it is a matter of reassessing the situation and someone making a decision on the player's future."
Lukaku, Barry and Deulofeu have been important players in Everton's successful season, which has seen them push Arsenal right to the wire for fourth place in the Premier League, but Martinez also has a proven record of allowing his own players to go out on loan.
And he said: "The loan system has a real need in the modern game. It is a very interesting debate and should be something that needs to be looked at.
"Clearly we shouldn't have two different rules in two different competitions - I think domestic rules should be the same as the European laws in that respect."
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