FORMER Celtic star Aiden McGeady is NOT leaving Everton, insists boss Roberto Martinez.
The Republic of Ireland winger has been tipped to quit the Goodison club and has been linked with a return to the Hoops.
However, Martinez revealed he has had no contact with any clubs for the 29-year-old frontman who left Parkhead for Russian outfit Spartak Moscow in a £9.5million deal in August 2010.
The recent speculation was fuelled with the news McGeady was absent from the Merseyside club’s current tour of Singapore because of a hamstring complaint.
But Martinez said: “With Aiden, there is nothing.
“I wouldn’t like to go into every rumour and justify every rumour that is in the media. Otherwise, we would never finish.
“Aiden McGeady is an exceptional footballer and he has a talent that is very important for our squad.
“All we need now is to find a solution to that niggling hamstring problem that he has been carrying and I hope that Aiden can enjoy his football.
“When he does that he can be quite unique.
“There has not been a conversation with another club about a possible transfer. What I am looking for is for him to be fully fit.”
There has been rumors for several weeks on social media linking Celtic with a move for McGeady and also suggesting that the player would ask for a transfer and would be prepared to take a pay cut to return to Paradise.
Everton fans joined in by stating that they wished to see the back of the player who is clearly not a supporters’ favorite at Goodison Park.
One thing worth remembering about McGeady. His brave decision to agree to a transfer to Moscow gave Celtic the funds to re-build after a horrible season under Tony Mowbray. Neil Lennon used the money very wisely and set Celtic on the current successful strategy.
Aiden’s transfer kicked that off for us and we should remember the role he played in helping Celtic.