Roberto Martinez reckons on loan midfielder Gerard Deulofeu could stay at Everton next season, despite reports suggesting the teenager will return to Barcelona, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Deulofeu reportedly claimed he is looking to return to the Catalan giants at the end of the season, but Martinez believes the 19-year-old was misquoted, and could end up staying at Goodison Park another year.

Martinez said: “I think he was taken out of context. The interview was on Catalan radio and the question was ‘Would you like to play one day for the Barcelona first team?’

“The answer is going to be, as a Barcelona player who has been there since he was eight, yes because that’s his focus and wish for the future.

“But the interview does not imply he definitely will not remain here next season.

“He never said he’s not enjoying his time at Everton. He has loved the test in the Premier League and being with us.

“We all share the view that nobody will be prouder than every Everton fan, and person connected with Everton, to see Gerard Deulofeu’s career has improved here.

“We’ve benefited from having his talents with us.

“Our agreement with Barcelona was to have him for one season though and that’s where we are.

“We’re all excited to see how he does in the final 10 weeks of the season,”

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