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Leighton Baines laughs off Man Utd rumours


Everton left back Leighton Baines admits that he is flattered by talk of a move to Manchester United, but is currently focused on his England Euro 2012 duties.

Leighton Baines, 27, is currently playing second fiddle to Ashley Cole in the England national team; and for his club Everton he remains one of the most important players in the squad.


However, last week Baines had been linked with a 9.5 million move to Premier League rivals Manchester United.


"The United link is flattering," Baines said. "There is no harm in people talking about it because it is a great club. But I'm at a great club as well, a club that I love.


"The focus now is all on the tournament. There's not much time to let other things seep in. It's about getting your head on this job for the next six weeks and trying to do the best you can.


"Would it be hard to turn United down? I'm not letting my focus shift to that while I am in camp. I'm focused on what I'm doing at the moment.


"Would it be hard to leave Everton? Yes, obviously. You know what it means. I've been there for five years myself but also know first-hand what it means to a lot of people so, yes it would be."