Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has revealed that he is happy to stay at Goodison Park, despite interest from a number of top teams.
The 19-year-old has quickly emerged as one of the Premier League’s top talents in the early stages of this season with a series of swashbuckling displays.
This has seen interest in his signature spike, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all believed to be keen.
But, Barkley says that a conversation with Steven Gerrard during his time with the England squad has convinced him to stay on Merseyside to boost his development.
“He told me I’m from Liverpool, a local lad playing for the team I support, and there is nothing better,” Barkley told Sky Sports.
“He’s done that throughout his career. He said playing is the main thing, going to another team and not playing would be no good for my development.”
Barkley recently made his senior England debut in a World Cup qualifier against Moldova after receiving a shock call-up from Roy Hodgson.
After getting his first taste of action with the Three Lions, the teenager has now set his crosshairs on making the trip top Brazil next summer.
“I’ve set my sights on the World Cup,” he added.
“It’s a goal for me to get myself in the World Cup squad. It’ll be hard but through hard work hopefully I can get on the flight there.”
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