Everton coach Ronald Koeman has issued an ultimatum to Ross Barkley that he will be sold unless he signs a new contract.
Barkley, 23, has a year left in his contract with the Toffees, but his future with the club now looks uncertain as Koeman looks to ascertain the England International’s interest to stay on with Everton.
“We offer him a new contract, and then there are two possibilities,” Koeman said. “One, he signs that contract. If he doesn’t sign that contract then we need to sell the player. It’s simple, it’s not so difficult in my opinion.”
A Liverpool native, Barkley scored five goals and provided eight assists for Everton in all competitions this season, one of them for Romelu Lukaku over the weekend. The latter, who was also the League’s leading scorer with 23 goals, had himself turned down a new five-year deal last month.
“We try to keep the best players,” Koeman added. “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, and they played really well. We know Rom is a great finisher but Ross played really good football between the lines.”
“I think he should have scored one but it is what you like to see — your best players performing like they showed, because they played outstanding, the whole team performance was outstanding.”