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Everton warn Barkley to sign or be sold

Press Association logoPress Association 10/04/2017

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has been warned that he must sign a contract extension or face the prospect of being sold by his boyhood club.

Barkley caught the eye as the Toffees won a seventh successive Premier League fixture at Goodison Park by beating champions Leicester, to move level on points with sixth-placed Arsenal in their quest to secure European qualification.

The value of Barkley and the Premier League's top scorer Romelu Lukaku, who netted twice in the 4-2 success, was evident as the Toffees ended the Foxes' six-game winning sequence since Craig Shakespeare replaced Claudio Ranieri in February.

However, the long-term future of the Everton duo remains uncertain, with Lukaku publicly stating his desire to play in the Champions League and win silverware and Barkley in the final 18 months of his contract.

Asked what can be done to ensure Liverpudlian Barkley remains with the blue half of Merseyside, Everton manager Ronald Koeman said: "We offer him a new contract, and then (there are) two possibilities.

"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.

"We try to keep the best players."

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