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Barkley may stay at Goodison as no offers made to club

By Staff Reporter

Everton have not received any offers for Ross Barkley and the midfielder could yet feature under Ronald Koeman this season. Koeman said last month the England midfielder's future lay elsewhere because he was unwilling to sign a new contract.

Barkley, 23, is now entering the final year of his deal at Goodison Park and has been linked with a move to Tottenham.

But Koeman says no clubs have registered any interest and, unless that changes, the player will continue to play a part at his boyhood club.

Koeman said: "There is no offer on the table for Ross. That means he will stay in Everton.

"What will happen in the coming weeks I don't know. I expect to have offers because he made the decision not to sign a new contract, but if there is no interest then he will stay."

Barkley has missed most of pre-season after undergoing groin surgery and will not be available for tomorrow's Premier League opener against Stoke.

He is back in training, however, and Koeman has been pleased with his attitude during sessions.

The Dutchman said: "He is doing training with Everton, he is part of the team and training in a good way. He is back from groin surgery.

"We will see what will happen in the next couple of weeks."

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