Martinez rules out Jagielka departure

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has ruled out the possibility of centre-back Phil Jagielka departing the Toffees for a big-money switch to China.

The Everton skipper has featured sparingly for the Merseysiders this season due to a series of injury problems which have restricted him to 14 Premier League appearances.

The 33-year-old, whose contract expires in 2018, recently returned to the first-team fold after recovering from injury, starting in the wins over Newcastle United and Stoke City.

However, that hasn't stopped the rumour mill from speculating over the future of the England international, with reports in the English press suggesting a move to the Chinese Super League could be on the cards.

Martinez insists nothing could be further from the truth, though, insisting that Everton are currently not in a position to allow any players to depart the club.

"We are not in a situation to lose any players and Phil Jagielka is our club captain," Martinez told reporters on Thursday.

"He has been at a good level and there is no substance in that rumour."