Martinez rules out Mirallas departure

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has moved to damped speculation surrounding the future of Kevin Mirallas, saying the out-of-favour winger can have a "major influence" this season.

The Belgium international has seen his first-team chances severely limited following the signing of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona, making just two starts in the Premier League this term.

As such, Mirallas has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park with a view to gaining regular first-team minutes ahead of the 2016 European Championships.

While Martinez has admitted that his squad is perhaps too big, he still believes that Mirallas has a part to play in the second half of the campaign.

"What we have seen with Kevin is that he's signed a new contract, had a good pre-season but we have really good attacking options," Martinez told reporters.

"But the way he has been working in the last few weeks, I expect Kevin to have a major, major influence in the second half of the season."

Mirallas could be handed a starting berth on Wednesday night when Everton take on Manchester City in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final clash.