Everton boss Ronald Koeman made a frank assessment on the future of midfielder Ross Barkley this afternoon, admitting he’s not confident of keeping the player as he takes his time considering a new deal.
The England international has a year remaining on his current contract, however Barkley is yet to put pen to paper and renew terms with the Premier League side.
And with Koeman telling Sky Sports News eight days ago that the 23-year-old had a week to decide where he would be playing next season, the two parties appear to have reached a stalemate.
The Dutchman has since conceded that he isn’t confident of keeping the Liverpool-born star, as per BBC Sport reporter Juliette Ferrington:
— juliette ferrington (@juliette_grace) May 19, 2017
And it didn’t take fans long to react to Koeman’s comments:
— Ben (@BenEFC_) April 9, 2017
— 🔵⚪️⚽️ (@Toffee_Tweets) May 19, 2017
After hearing what Ronald Koeman's said in his press conference, do you think Ross Barkley will sign a contract and stay, or leave?
— Everton Blue Army (@EvertonBlueArmy) May 19, 2017
This Ross Barkley situation is quite something. Where will he go ABOVE Everton and play regularly? Only United I see. Wants Jose? Really?
— WIN . IPHONE 7 PLUS! (@giveawaychirp) May 19, 2017
Sort ya head out lad @RBarkley20
— ▫️ (@GwladysStreet2) May 19, 2017
The manager has said a lot about Ross Barkley. Ross hasn't said anything publicly for quite a while. More to this I feel. Time will tell.
— Goodison Falls (@GoodisonFalls) May 19, 2017
Where does Ross Barkley think he'll go? He's not getting in that Spurs team at the moment. He's improving here, god knows what's going on.
— Koeman's Toffees. (@KoemansToffees) May 19, 2017
If @RBarkley20 doesn't sign I'm gonna be a little bit wounded you know.
— Danny Hart (@D_Hart11) May 19, 2017
Would you be happy if your club signed Barkley this summer given how quiet he has been surrounding his future on Merseyside?