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Martinez open to John Heitinga exit

December 2, 2013
By Mike Whalley,

John Heitinga looks increasingly likely to leave Everton in January after manager Roberto Martinez acknowledged that the defender needs to be playing regularly in a World Cup year.

John Heitinga may be part of a summer exodus at Everton
PA PhotosFiorentina have been linked with a move for John Heitinga.

Heitinga has not figured in a Premier League game for his club since Martinez took charge in June, and has been linked with a move to Italy with Fiorentina.

Karel Jansen, the Netherlands international’s agent, revealed last week that he had been looking at the possibility of a transfer.

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And Heitinga, whose Everton contract runs out next June, said in September that he needs to be playing club football regularly to stand any chance of making Louis van Gaal’s squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Martinez is keen to help the 29-year-old find first-team football, and is open to moving him on to do that.

The manager said: “Johnny has been an incredible professional. Since day one, he has been a big, big influence in the way that we wanted to work on a daily basis.

“Obviously, Johnny is a top footballer, and we can understand that if he doesn’t play many minutes, we will try to see if we can help him in January.

“Ideally, I would like Johnny to start playing and having a big role on the pitch, as well as he has off the pitch. We all want Johnny to participate more on the pitch, but that’s something we’ll have to assess over the next few weeks.”

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