‘It must be a different Seamus Coleman because we’ve never had any discussions with anyone,’

‘I think the truth is that Seamus has been having a very good season and we want that to continue and hopefully in the next 10 games he can continue with the levels he’s shown and developing.

‘He’s becoming a very, very important player at Everton, a very important player for his national team and obviously we want Seamus here for a long, long time. So it’s nothing to comment on.

‘We’ve got a clear strategy of how we want to keep this group together, we’ve got a new generation coming through, we’re going to keep the senior players for as long as we can.

‘Obviously that’s something we work on and it’s not going to change because of media speculation.’