Baines concentrating on England despite ‘flattering’ United talk

Everton Leighton Baines has admitted he is flattered by rumours linking him with a summer switch to Manchester United but insists his mind is focused on Euro 2012 the Daily Mirror reports.

The left back is currently with the England squad as they prepare for the championships in Poland and Ukraine but hasn’t been able to escape the speculation that he is Old Trafford bound.

With the  first Group D fixture against France just 11 days away the 27-year-old has moved to dispel the rumours regarding his future  at Goodison Park declaring that he is only concentrating on playing for the Three Lions this summer.

He said: “The United link is flattering. 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.”

Despite heading Sir Alex Ferguson’s close season shopping list Baines admitted that it would be difficult to leave the Toffees but is trying not to let his mind wander whilst on international duty.

“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.”

Ferguson is reportedly preparing a £12 million bid for the former Wigan man as he eyes up a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra.