Sunday 19 November 2017

Koeman vows to sell Barkley if star refuses to agree new Toffees deal

Everton 4 Leicester City 2

Everton's Phil Jagielka clears the ball off the line. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Everton's Phil Jagielka clears the ball off the line. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Mike Whalley

Ross Barkley has been warned that Everton will sell him if he refuses to sign a new contract.

Manager Ronald Koeman has made clear that he is not willing uncertainty over the midfielder's future to drag on beyond this summer.

Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez in action with Everton's Idrissa Gueye. Photo: Reuters / Andrew Yates
Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez in action with Everton's Idrissa Gueye. Photo: Reuters / Andrew Yates

Academy graduate Barkley, 23, is out of contract at the end of next season, with no new agreement in place.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal have been linked with a move in recent months for the England international, a boyhood Everton fan.

Barkley produced an outstanding performance as Everton beat Leicester 4-2 in the Premier League yesterday.

Asked after the match how he would resolve the contract stand-off, Koeman said: "We offer him a new contract and two possibilities, one is sign that contract, if he doesn't we need to sell the player. It is simple. It is not so difficult in my opinion."

Everton's Tom Davies in action with Leicester City's Ahmed Musa. Photo: Reuters / Carl Recine
Everton's Tom Davies in action with Leicester City's Ahmed Musa. Photo: Reuters / Carl Recine

Barkley combined superbly with Romelu Lukaku, the Premier League's leading scorer, who struck twice to take his total in the competition for the season to 23.

Lukaku's future at Everton is also uncertain, with the Belgium striker having recently rejected an offer to extend his contract beyond 2019.

Koeman said:"We spoke a lot about Ross and Rom because they are really important, most of the time the quality of the players can be the difference between Everton and the opponent.

"Today they played really well. We know Rom is a great finisher but Ross played really well between the lines."

Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater in action with Everton's Kevin Mirallas. Photo: Reuters / Andrew Yates
Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater in action with Everton's Kevin Mirallas. Photo: Reuters / Andrew Yates

In an eventful match at Goodison Park, Everton led through midfielder Tom Davies after just 31 seconds, but Islam Slimani's cool finish and Marc Albrighton's free-kick put Leicester 2-1 up before the 10-minute mark.

Barkley crossed for Lukaku to power an equaliser midway through the first-half, and Phil Jagielka headed in a Kevin Mirallas corner to give Everton a 3-2 half-time advantage.

Lukaku completed the scoring 12 minutes into the second-half, drilling in from close range after Jagielka had risen to meet another Mirallas corner.

Leicester missed their injured captain Wes Morgan, who will not be ready for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. The centre-back has missed four successive matches with a back problem. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Leicester City's Demarai Gray in action with Everton's Idrissa Gueye and Romelu Lukaku Photo: Reuters / Andrew Yates
Leicester City's Demarai Gray in action with Everton's Idrissa Gueye and Romelu Lukaku Photo: Reuters / Andrew Yates

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