Everton boss Ronald Koeman dished out a warning to Ross Barkley today, saying the player only has one more week to decide his future at the club. The England international still has a year left in his contract, but has so far refused to sign an extension.
Koeman was speaking at a pre-game press conference ahead of the Friday night action at home against Watford. When asked about how much time Barkely has, the Dutchman answered, “Still one week, time for him to decide. The board is working a long time for Ross to stay for a long period.” The manager continued, “It’s up to the player but we don’t wait until August. We need an answer if he will accept the contract or we sign a player.”
Barkely has been linked with a move to north London throughout the season, with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal both tracking the 23-year-old. It will likely take around £25 million to get him out of Goodison Park, due to his age and homegrown status.
Meanwhile Koeman himself has his future up in the air, with the manager being one of the favorites to take the Barcelona job after confessing last week that it is his dream to coach the club one day. He signed with the Toffees after leaving Southampton last summer, and has a contract until 2019.