Ronald Koeman is not confident Ross Barkley will sign a new contract.

When asked for an update on Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, Koeman answered “I don’t know”

Prompted about the ultimatum he gave to Ross to sign before the end of the season, Koeman replied: “But it’s after the game [Arsenal]. On Monday. Then we’ll know it”

When asked how important it was to keep Barkley, Koeman answered: “If you offer a player a contract. A good contract. That means that you like to keep the player. I don’t need to explain more. If we don’t want the player to stay longer, then we don’t offer him a new contract”

Koeman was then asked if he feels confident Barkley will stay at Everton, he bluntly answered “No. No because it’s a long time that he is thinking about his future. I’m not worried because I like to work with players who like to stay. It’s not about his decision, we will go on looking for players in that position and even when he stays, there’s more competition for him next season”

On being asked “Is your patience running out with Ross?”, Koeman said: “I spoke to the player, the board spoke to the player and his agent. We will see what the answer will be.

“We need an answer after the weekend, I don’t know what will happen if he doesn’t give any answer. I don’t know.

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Barnfred 55

Rooney might help too. Sigurdsson might help. But I just think we should give him 2 more years. He's a late developer. He'll be amazing one day, if we handle him well. As good as Rooney or others, but just needs time.

I hope you're right mate and I hope its us that benefits from his late development


If he leaves then that is fine and I'm not arsed as it was his choive, but if e siiugns and stays, then I reckon this forum and its vaultability will be quite wonderful.

Barnfred 55 I agree mate. I'm happy if he signs just because he's one of our better players who we should be looking to keep hold of. The lads always divided the fans. Some, like me, love him regardless, some seem to hate him regardless. However the majority, going by this forum anyway, seem to love him when he's playing well and hate him when he isn't. At the end of the day though the lad needs to sign his contract. The ball's in his court. Rooney might help too. Sigurdsson might help. But I just think we should give… Read more »

Koeman doesn't rate Barkley, Barkley feels if he stays he might not play due to Koeman bringing in better players.

I dont know this however could see this as a possibility

I would hope we bring in better players otherwise we will never catch the 6 teams above us, you might have a good point here, Barkleys future should eiter be on our bench or somewhere else


Mines still the best little Spaniard we know, he still has a place in my heart