Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has signed a new four-year contract with the Toffees worth a reported £65,000-a-week, ending speculation surrounding the 20-year-old’s immediate future.
The youngster enjoyed an outstanding campaign last season as he thrived under manager Roberto Martinez’s attacking brand of football that is based around power, passing ability and technique.
Barkley possesses all three traits in abundance and is widely regarded as one of the brightest prospects in English football, which earned him a place in Roy Hodgson’s ill-fated World Cup campaign in Brazil this summer, despite his tender years.
As a result, Barkley has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park with Manchester United, amongst others, emerging as potential suitors due to Louis van Gaal’s plans to reassert the Red Devils’ position amongst the elite in the forthcoming season.
However, the combative midfielder has now committed his long-term future to the club where he has spent his entire career and will continue to be an integral member in Everton’s side as they look to break into the top four next season.
In truth, seeing the club’s best players depart for their domestic rivals has become a recurring, and disappointing, theme for the blue half of Merseyside in recent years, but Barkley’s new deal suggests that the club can now retain the services of the best young talents at their disposal.
Barkley: ‘Signing a new contract is a dream. I’ve played for Everton most of my life. This is a big thing for me.’ http://t.co/PSMqgBUcM5
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) July 29, 2014
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Ross Barkley completed 80 take ons in the Premier League last season; the fourth highest total in the division.