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Baines won't accept any excuses

01/08/2011 |   Comments () :  Add your Comments
Leighton Baines says Everton cannot allow Arsenal's pursuit of Phil Jagielka to be an “excuse” for dropping their standards — like they did when Manchester City signed Joleon Lescott two years ago. “It's not unsettling, really,” said the left-back. “In some respects, we are a club that doesn't get a lot of speculation. I'm sure there are other clubs that have a lot more going on in the rumour mill. We are one of the least affected clubs in terms of transfer speculation. Personally I don't really follow it."

“But it’s not a surprise to me that a top club would want somebody like Phil. He is fantastic and one of the top three of four defenders the country has got.

“We as players would like to hold on to him if we can. We just have to pay not too much attention to it and not get involved with it, we just have to keep on doing our jobs.”

There are concerns Jagielka’s situation could subsequently mirror that of Joleon Lescott, who left for Manchester City under a cloud two years ago following a protracted transfer.

But Baines added: “What happened a couple of years ago (with Lescott) didn’t affect us. I think it was just used as an excuse, in all honesty.

“Joleon wasn’t a bad egg at that time, he got on with his job and worked really hard.

“It was just the two clubs dragging things out trying to get the best deal for themselves, it was nothing to do with the player. At the time, some of us used it as an excuse.”

“This club has given us the platform to get in and around the squads,” said the left-back. “Although we aren’t what you consider regular internationals, we’ve had the chance to get looked at here.”

Original Source: Liverpool Daily Post

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