Koeman says Everton to make Barkley statement on Monday

Ross Houston
May 23, 2017

Unsettled Everton midfielder Ross Barkley's future with the club will be decided on Monday, manager Ronald Koeman said after his side ended their season with a 3-1 defeat at Arsenal on Sunday.

And Koeman has hit out at Barkley for his lack of "productivity" in the match in north London while also offering an update on the midfielder's contract status.

"It looks to me as if he wants him to leave, you don't just keep saying "he has a week to decide", "tomorrow I'll issue a statement".

"We will go on and we're looking for players in that position. Even if he stays comes more competition for him next season".

Koeman has blasted the 23-year-old regularly throughout the campaign and the Toffees boss has admitted they will make an announcement on his future when the time is right.

"In my opinion that is a really good decision he needs to recover and get ready for pre-season".

Sure Brand Manager Claudio Bellen added: "We were delighted to partner with Laduma on this unique piece of content showcasing Ross's free-kick technique from previous unseen angles". Recharging the batteries will be important, but so is the business you try to do as a club, especially as we want to continue to make the team stronger and strive closer towards our ultimate goals. That's the difference between us and Arsenal.

Wenger's men are one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool, hosts to Middlesbrough in their final game, and three behind third-placed Manchester City, who play at Watford. "I don't need to explain more".

Asked if he believes that Barkley will eventually extend his deal with his childhood club, Koeman simply answered: "I don't know, I don't know".

Koeman also appeared to hint that much greater investment was needed in the wake of Everton securing a Europa League qualification place by finishing seventh. "After a long time, maybe the people like to see a new face".

Other reports by iNewsToday