Baines rules out Bayern
Leighton Baines has ruled out the possibility of joining Bayern Munich when the transfer window opens.
Last Updated: 23/12/10 8:45am
Everton defender Leighton Baines has ruled out the possibility of joining Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich when the transfer window opens.
The 26-year-old left-back, who has two England caps to his name, has been persistently linked with a move to the Allianz Arena this month.
Baines is currently in blistering form having scored in Monday's 2-1 win at Manchester City and the former Wigan man has no thoughts of leaving Goodison Park for pastures new.
"I don't know too much about it [Bayern's interest]," said Baines. "I'm just concentrating on playing for Everton.
"I signed a new contract and tied myself to the club in the summer and I have no intention of leaving.
"I am not looking elsewhere. I am at an age where I am looking to step it up again.
"I want to improve some more and both the team and I can do that in the second half of the season."
Meanwhile, Baines insists he is keen to win more caps for his country after quashing reports that he gets homesick while on international duty.
Speaking after England's 3-1 win over Mexico in the summer ahead of the World Cup finals, Baines commented that the hardest part of representing the Three Lions country was being away from his family.
Baines, who was then overlooked for Fabio Capello's final squad, insists he never used the word homesick and that he hopes the Italian will give him another chance to reclaim his place in the side.
"I ended an interview saying I wanted to shoot off, my family was there and I wanted to get back up the road," he continued.
"I was asked if I liked being away and I said it's the hardest part, but it's the same for every single player. Not once did I mention the word 'homesick'.
"I would be disappointed if he [Capello] took that into consideration when he is picking his squad without speaking to me.
"I would like to think that if he thought there was anything in it, he would speak to me and I would have been able to knock it on the head straight away."