Koeman doubts Barkley's future

20 May 2017 00:09:57 GMTPlus10

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is not confident that England midfielder Ross Barkley will finally agree a new contract to stay with the club this summer.

The 23-year-old schemer has been given a deadline of the final game of the season to make up his mind over a new deal, with his current contract running out at the end of next season.

We will go on and we're looking for players in that position.

Ronald Koeman

And Koeman is still waiting to find out the answer, as he prepares his team to bring down the curtain on their campaign with a trip to Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

The Dutchman told reporters: "No (I am not confident he will stay), because it is a long time that he is thinking about it.

"I don't need to explain more. If you offer a player a new contract and a good contract, that means you want to keep the player.

"I spoke to the player, the board spoke to his agent. I don't know if he won't give an answer, I don't know.

"We will go on and we're looking for players in that position. If he stays there will be more competition. I am not worried, because I like to work with players who like to play."

Barkley was involved earlier this season when the Toffees claimed a 2-1 win over the Gunners at Goodison Park, with Ashley Williams netting the winning goal four minutes from time.

Their last win at Arsenal came by the same scoreline, but that was back in January 1996, when Graham Stuart and Andrei Kanchelskis found the net.

A 2-1 Blues victory on Sunday is priced at 25/1, while Barkley is 4/1 to score at any time and 16/1 to score the final goal of the game.

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