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Football: Martinez looking to finish with a flourish

Published on Mar 21, 2014 12:33 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Everton manager Roberto Martinez said the English Premier League football team's results in the final 10 matches of this season will have more of an impact upon recruitment than a renewal of a sponsorship deal with a Thai beer company.

The Merseyside club announced on Thursday they had extended their shirt agreement with Chang beer, which is now worth more than £16 million (S$33.7 million) over the next three years.

However, the deal is dwarfed by agreements secured by the likes of neighbours Liverpool and Premier League rivals Arsenal worth £20 million and £30 million respectively.

But Martinez said where Everton, currently sixth in the Premier League, finish and whether they qualify for European football would be the key influence on how attractive a move to Goodison Park would be for potential new players.

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