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Roberto not concerned about losing Everton stars in January

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has insisted that he is not worried about losing some star players from his squad during the coming January transfer window.

Striker Romelu Lukaku has scored nine goals this season, including seven in the Premier League, and is reportedly garnering interest from Paris St. Germain and Juventus. How much of that is conjecture, and how much of that is hype created by his agent Mino Raiola remains to be seen. Lukaku scored again yesterday at West Ham United, equalling club legend Dixie Dean's record of scoring in seven consecutive games against a single opponent.

Defender John Stones was the subject of Chelsea's harassment in the summer transfer window, repeatedly bidding for the player in an attempt to turn the young defender's head despite the club making it quite clear they would not sell at any price. Everton were able to repel Jose Mourinho but with the defending champions floundering this season, it is expected that Chelsea will attempt to make Stones their marquee signing in January.

"What I don't like is teams looking at our squad and nobody is interested, and nobody feels we have got good players.

"We worked really hard in the last six transfer windows to assemble a very strong squad with a real determination to bring in young players with world-class talent, and that's what we've done.

"When you look at players like Gerard Deulofeu, Romelu Lukaku, John Stones, Ross Barkley, they are very young players and they work to develop, to become important, to enjoy their football, and then we are going to benefit as a football club.

"So I have no worries about attracting attention, because that's what you want. If you sign players and no one thinks they are doing well then you have a big, big problem."