Ronald Koeman: There Has Been No Interest In Ross Barkley

Ronald Koeman: There Has Been No Interest In Ross Barkley
Aug 10, 2017

Everton News

Everton boss Ronald Koeman says there have been no offers so far for midfielder Ross Barkley, and this may mean that 23-year-old will stay at the club.

Barkley has one year left on his contract but has failed to sign a new deal. He has been strongly linked to Tottenham this summer and reports say that the London club are preparing a bid. Chelsea also emerged as strong contenders for the midfielder as Antonio Conte looks to boost his homegrown quota.

Last month Koeman said that the club were expecting the England international to leave but the Toffees boss now appears to have softened his stance.

“If there’s no interest he will be part of team,” said Koeman. “He is training with Everton, he is part of the team and training in a good way.” 

“The player has one year left on his contract and there is no offer. Maybe the club will not accept the offer [if and when it comes] because he is a good, young, English player. If somebody wants to buy Ross it’s a big deal. If there is no interest then he will stay and be part of the team.”

Barkley came through the youth system at Everton and has played 150 times for the club in the Premier League, scoring 21 times, since making his debut six years ago. The midfielder scored five goals and provided eight assists in 36 Premier League appearances for Everton last season.

Barkley recently returned to training after missing most of pre-season training with a groin injury. With the arrivals of midfielders Wayne Rooney, Davy Klaassen and potentially Gylfi Sigurðsson, Barkley might find a first team spot hard to come by next season.

Everton are said to be demanding around £50 million for the England midfielder but that figure could fall before the transfer window closes on 31 August as he would be a free agent in 12 months’ time. Selling him now may be Everton’s best option. The Merseyside club host Stoke City on August 12 at Goodison Park as they kick-off their Premier League campaign.

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