Ross Barkley signs new deal at Everton
Ross Barkley has signed a four-year contract extension with Everton worth £65,000/week, just a day after the club, who are 13/2 for a top four finish next term, announced the signing of Bosnian utility man Muhamed Besic.
The 20-year-old was a part of Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad in Brazil this summer, and netted six times in the Premier League last season.
It could well be the best bit of business of the transfer window, and manager Roberto Martinez is understandably delighted to have tied the midfielder down to a long term contract, after he was linked with a move away from the club at the end of last season.
Martinez said: “It is a four-year deal which reflects his new role and his development. This is as big news as we could get.
“He is still a young man but is a massive part of our squad.”
Chairman Bill Kenwright added: “Everton and Ross have always been the perfect fit – Roberto has made it even more special. This was an important agreement and, I have to say, was conducted in a way that showed clearly the devotion to Everton Football Club of everyone involved.”
The player has described the offer of a new deal as a “dream”, and will now look forward to a new season with the Toffees, after some impressive performances during the last campaign.
Barkley said: “Signing a new contract is a dream. I’ve played for Everton most of my life. This is a big thing for me.
“It didn’t take any persuading. As soon as I got told about it I wanted to sign.”
Liverpool-born Barkley joins 25-year-old Seamus Coleman in signing a new deal, after the right back put penned terms earlier in the summer. Martinez seems to be building a very good side at Goodison Park, and this latest development could well see Barkley developing into their main man.