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Martinez eyes 'fresh blood' to back European campaign

by | 28/04/2014  Comments (76)  jump
Boss hoping to land 'six or seven players'
Robert Martinez says that he is looking at bringing in "six or seven" new players this summer as he plans for a likely European campaign next season.

Though Everton still have hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, at least until the result of Arsenal's game with Newcastle is known, a place in the Europa League can be confirmed with a point from the last two games. And Martinez knows that he will have to add to his squad in order to support campaigns on multiple fronts.

"It's not about improving the squad, it's about increasing it" the Spaniard says. "When you are playing in Europe you need six or seven new players. That's the reality and we will do that.

“I never worry about losing players It's the opposite. I get excited about bringing new players in. You need fresh blood.

"We've got incredible senior players: Tim Howard, James McCarthy, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Leon Osman, James McCarthy. Those players hold the dressing room together but we need fresh talent and fresh additions to help the team."

Martinez has guided the Blues to their best ever points total in his first season in charge but the increased competitiveness at the top end of the Premier League means that even with eight more points than the last time they finished fourth, 69 points won't be enough to make the Champions League this time around.

With Manchester United likely to be back in the hunt next season, the Blues' manager knows that he is going to need an influx of players to get the club back to where he believes it belongs based on its illustrious past.

"In another season, the 69 points we have would have been Champions League football," he continues. "With the heritage and history we have, we should be aiming for the Champions League.

"I think we're on the right path with the right people, it's just an adventure that we need to carry on growing and experiencing."

Quotes sourced from Daily Mail

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