Round - Baines won't leave
Everton assistant manager Steve Round is not expecting any late departure for Leighton Baines and is confident the full-back is happy.
Last Updated: 29/08/12 6:51am
Everton assistant manager Steve Round is not expecting any late departure for Leighton Baines and is confident the full-back is happy at Goodison Park.
Baines has established himself as one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League in recent seasons and had been linked with a move to Manchester United.
The England international admitted earlier in the summer that he was aware of interest from United, although no formal offer has been forthcoming.
The Red Devils have subsequently signed Alexander Buttner to provide competition for Patrice Evra, while the Toffees have not received any bids from other clubs.
Everton lost Mikel Arteta to Arsenal on transfer deadline day 12 months ago, but Round is not anticipating lightning to strike twice regarding Baines.
"There are only a few days to go and I don't think anyone is leaving now that's for sure," said Round. "We have quite a strong 16 players.
"His heart is here definitely, he is a local boy. He loves the club, loves his team-mates and loves to go out there to play and perform.
"He has never mooted anything else. Fortunately we have not had any bids. Leighton is here so long may it continue.
"Leighton is a top player, arguably the best or one of the best left-backs in the Premier League and Europe. I think he has shown that on a regular basis over the past two or three seasons.
"He is consistent and his assist making is always in the top 10 of the Premier League and for a left-back that is very impressive."
Baines' attitude as well as his performances on the pitch have caught Round's eye, and David Moyes' No.2 added: "He has really matured into a top-class player who is a very good professional as well.
"What you don't see is the amount of effort and time he puts in to keep in peak condition.
"And he is a very humble guy who is always willing to learn and wants to know that bit extra, always asking coaches what he can do to do that bit extra to improve, which is why he is where he is."