Everton manager Ronald Koeman has issued an ultimatum to Ross Barkley and now the fans have had their say on the matter.
The midfielder impressed on the pitch during the Toffees’ 4-2 victory over Leicester City at Goodison Park on Sunday.
It was a much-improved display from his performance in the Merseyside derby defeat, when he escaped a sending-off for a poor challenge on Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren.
As well as all eyes being on Barkley’s contribution on the field, fans have been wondering whether or not the 23-year-old will sign a new contract.
The midfielder’s current deal expires at the end of next season, and the manager publicly stated after the weekend’s match that the club will sell if Barkley opts against signing a new contract.
Sky Sports quotes Koeman as saying:
“We offer him a new contract, and then [there are] two possibilities. One, he signs that contract, if he doesn’t sign that contract then we need to sell the player. It’s simple – it’s not so difficult in my opinion.”
That means that the midfielder could be out the Goodison Park exit gates this summer as the club will not want to let him leave on a free when his contract comes to an end.
With Romelu Lukaku also yet to tie himself down to the club with a new deal, there is plenty of uncertainty surrounding Everton’s best players.
After this latest development, fans have given their views on Twitter.
I expect Ross Barkley to sign a new contract in the next couple of weeks. #EFC
— Wes (@WDR573) April 10, 2017
@SportsBreakfast Barkley is more important to us than Lukaku. Build the team around Ross, break the bank if needed.
— Lee Atherton (@leeatherton4) April 10, 2017
If Barkley leaves it'll be the biggest kick in the arse ever,can still remember my Rooney/Jeffers meltdowns. Really do not want another ????
— Eighteen78 (@True1878) April 10, 2017
If ross barkley hasnt signed a contract yet then he isnt signing one its that siimple. He will be sold in the summer 100% imo #EFC
— Andrew Baker (@andyb4ker) April 10, 2017
— DeanoMG (@deano_mg) April 9, 2017
For what it's worth, I think Ross Barkley will sign a new deal at #EFC sooner rather than later. Loves the club that lad.
— Sean Lunt (@Sean_Lunt) April 9, 2017
It'd be absolutely disastrous if we lost both Barkley and Lukaku this summer and if we're honest it looks like a real possibility now #EFC
— Paul Brown (@PaulBrownEFC) April 9, 2017
If you're arsed about barkley leaving you're an idiot. A stone cold, card carrying idiot. #idiot
— mixmaster doom! (@the_max_doom) April 9, 2017