Everton manager Roberto Martinez has refused to commit to whether or not the Toffees will offer on-loan midfielder Gareth Barry a contract at the end of the season.
The former England international completed a temporary move to Goodison Park from Manchester City over the summer after being told that he has little future with the Sky Blues.
With Manuel Pellegrini having a host of options available to him, it looks unlikely that Barry will be offered a new contract once his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Having impressed so far with Everton, rumours have begun to circulate that they may present him with a fresh start on Merseyside.
However, Martinez was non-committal when quizzed on the subject:
“It is not the right time,” he is quoted by talkSPORT.
“I wouldn’t put that in his mindset at the moment, all I want him to focus on is to keep enjoying his football and push for a start at the weekend and develop that competition behind the scenes – that is the only thing that matters at the moment.”
Barry has slotted straight into Martinez’s first-team and has provided a calming influence in an otherwise relatively inexperienced midfield unit.
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