Friday 20 April 2018

Koeman tells Barkley to sign new deal or move on

Everton manager Ronald Koeman. Photo:: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Everton manager Ronald Koeman. Photo:: Peter Byrne/PA Wire newsdesk

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has warned Ross Barkley that he will be sold unless he signs a new contract this summer.

Koeman laid down the law to contract rebels Barkley and top scorer Romelu Lukaku and insisted that the club would decide their futures.

Koeman censured Lukaku for his comments questioning Everton's ambition and said that midfielder Barkley would not be allowed to see out the remainder of his deal, which runs out in the summer of 2018.

"There is no ultimatum, no, but it's normal, it's business. The player needs to understand this," said Koeman.

"At Southampton we had (Nathaniel) Clyne and he didn't sign a new contract and we sold him in the summer."

Koeman refused to comment on the meeting when Lukaku said he would not sign a new deal.

"I will not talk about our private conversation - that is between ourselves," he said.

"The final word is always to the board of the club."

Irish Independent

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