KOEMAN GIVES ROSS BARKLEY CONTRACT ULTIMATUM

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

Koeman last month warned the England international, 23, that with a year left on his deal he could be sold.

“Either he accepts the contract or we sell the player,” said Koeman.

“But if you need so much time then you have doubts – I like to work with players who like to stay.”

The Dutchman said the Everton board had tried “for a long time” to get Barkley to sign and were already looking at replacements in attacking positions.

He added: “We don’t wait till August – next weekend we need an answer.”

Barkley has scored four goals and provided eight assists in 34 Premier League appearances this season.

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