Roberto Martinez believes Everton have come out on the transfer window even stronger thanks to keeping hold of Leighton Baines.
With three players coming in to the club, keeping hold of Baines satisfied Martinez most and is looking to reward him with a contract that reflects his loyalty to the club.
Martinez said: “What’s important is to show Leighton how much we want him and how much we appreciate him. Sometimes you need to do it with actions, not just words. That’s going to be the case.
“It’s about looking for that football happiness and I guarantee to everyone that Leighton will enjoy his football and his role at the club.
“We need to make sure he understands that he is a vital part of the football club and the team and sometimes that needs to be rewarded from a contractual point of view, and we will do that.”
“Leighton is a vital player for us,” he continued.
“We couldn’t replace a player like him. There was a lot of talk and speculation [in the summer] but no one met his valuation so in that case he remains with us.
“Now we need to make sure that he understands how important he is for the football club and he needs to get that reward from our point of view.
“We need to make sure we are ready for the competition ahead with one of the most influential players in the history of Everton.
“We are in a position where unless a club meets a player’s valuation, there will never be a decision made. That was the case with Leighton.”