Danny Murphy has a message for Everton fans as Barkley saga rumbles on
By Amir Mir
Danny Murphy has told Everton fans not to worry if manager Ronald Koeman were to sell Ross Barkley in the summer.
The 23-year-old has been issued with an ultimatum from Koeman who has told him to sign a new contract or risk being sold.
Barkley’s contract at Goodison Park is due to expire in 2018, with the club keen for him to extend his contract rather than risk losing him on a free next season.
One match of the season remains with the Toffees set to play Champions League chasing Arsenal this Sunday at the Emirates.
As the Barkley saga rumbles on, speaking on Football Focus which aired on Saturday afternoon on BBC One, Murphy had this message for fans.
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“I wouldn’t worry if I was an Everton fan [because] if you look at Koeman’s history in the transfer market it is, very, very good,” Murphy told Football Focus.
“He will have someone ready in his mind, I think if Barkley does go.”
Barkley found the back of the net for his side as they beat Watford 1-0 in their final home match of the campaign.
At the start of the season, Barkley was criticised for his performances by Koeman as he was either subbed off at half-time against Sunderland in September or dropped to the bench for the 1-1 draw against Manchester City in October.
Nonetheless, at the turn of the year, he began showing his true form as he has scored two goals and provided seven assists.
Ahead of the final day of the season, Koeman did admit that he is not confident in Barkley extending his deal as the saga surrounding his future rumbles on.
In other Everton news, odds have tumbled as the club are favourites to sign this five-time Premier League winner.