By Matt Bullin

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has announced that Everton is the best place for Ross Barkley and they will offer him a ‘good’ contract.

Barkley was recently in an altercation in a Liverpool bar, following Everton’s 4-2 win over Leicester last Sunday, which has thrown his future into further doubt.

Barkley assisted one of Romelu Lukaku’s goals as the Belgian scored twice, while Tom Davies and Phil Jagielka also netted to hand the Toffees all three points.

The recent speculation surrounding Barkley’s situation has come about after contract talks between him and Everton stalled.

However ahead of his side’s Premier League tie with Burnley at Goodison Park on Saturday, Koeman has shone some light on the situation between Barkley and the club.

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As quoted on the Liverpool Echo’s live blog of his press conference (Thursday 14:05), Koeman said: “We will offer a contract that is good for the player.

“Everton is the best place for him. I spoke to Ross a few weeks ago and he mentioned his ambition, Champions League, and I told him I have the same ambition.”

Although the Dutchman added: “We need to know the answer at the end of the season.”

Barkley has made eight assists in his 30 Premier League appearances this season, as well as scoring four goals.

The 23-year-old has also won 22 caps for England already, scoring two goals, and Everton fans will hope for his contract disputes to be sorted soon so Barkley can focus on a crucial end of season run in.

In other Everton news, Premier League legend calls for Everton star to sign for Chelsea.

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