Koeman ready to move on past Ross Barkley

Koeman ready to move on past Ross Barkley

Koeman ready to move on past Ross Barkley

Everton manager Ronald Koeman admits he is not confident about keeping mooted Tottenham target Ross Barkley beyond this summer but says he is not anxious by the prospect of the 23-year-old leaving Goodison Park this summer.

Barkley's current contract ends at the end of next season and an extension has been on the table for a number of months, with Koeman even issuing the midfielder an ultimatum to sign the deal or be sold in the summer.

He said: "No (I'm not confident he will stay), because it's a long time he' been thinking about his future".

"But, okay. I'm not anxious, because I like to work with players who like to stay. We'll see what it will be, I don't know what will happen if he doesn't give an answer".

Asked at a news conference ahead of Sunday's trip to Arsenal whether there was any update on Barkley's future, Koeman said: "I don't know".

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"If we go on holiday we need to know".

The 24-year-old was the Premier League's top scorer before Harry Kane overtook him with his four-goal haul against Leicester City on Thursday evening, and Koeman acknowledged that he needs to look at sharing the goalscoring mantle more evenly next season.

"I am not anxious because I like to work with players who like to play". "If you offer a player a new contract and a good contract that means you like to keep the player", he said.

As Koeman says, Everton will either retain arguably their second-best player (Romelu Lukaku's future will likely turn into a protracted transfer saga as well), or they'll cash in for a fee of around $30 million.

"We need to keep his goals and find more players to score more than four or five goals in one season". But that's what we work on.

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