Koeman Confirms Barkley Must Sign New Contract Or Be Sold

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has said Ross Barkley has until the end of the Premier League season to sign a new contract or he will be sold.

The England midfielder still has just over a year left on his current deal but was given the deadline to either re-sign or be sold several months ago.

Although Koeman insists he is relaxed about the situation, he reiterated the club needs to have an answer by next weekend when Everton finish their Premier league campaign at Arsenal.

Barkley was one of two  players dropped for Saturday’s defeat at Swansea following a poor display against Chelsea the previous weekend

Tottenham Hotspur have been frequently linked with a bid for the 23-year-old and a number of other clubs including Arsenal are understood to have shown an interest.

When asked how long Barkley had to confirm his position, the Dutchman said: “Still one week, time for him to decide. The board is working a long time for Ross to stay for a long period.

“It’s up to the player but we don’t wait until August. We need an answer if he will accept the contract or we sign a player.

“If he leaves it so long you have doubts. I like to work with players who want to stay. I don’t know, it’s up to the player, he needs to make a decision.”

During the club’s end-of-season awards ceremony on Tuesday, chairman Bill Kenwright broke the news that Kevin Mirallas is due to sign a new contract.

Asked whether a conclusion to the deal with Mirallas was close, Koeman said:

“Yes. Normally it is because we have the agreement with the player and that is good because he is a really good player.

“I spoke to him and we need more productivity from him.”

There is speculation Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, could be leaving Goodison Park during the summer window.