By Danny Wright
Morgan Schneiderlin has urged Ross Barkley to sign his contract extension and stay at the club.
The England international has been in a long-running contract dispute with the Merseyside club and has been given an ultimatum by Ronald Koeman.
The Dutchman wants the midfield maestro to sign the new deal that’s on the table or face leaving the club.
However Schneiderlin is eager to see Barkley stay at Goodison Park for the foreseeable future.
“We know the contract is between him and the club but what we can say is he is still working hard, has a good attitude and is very happy in the dressing room,” said the former Southampton enforcer, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“We will see what is going to happen. We can’t say too much on whether he will sign the contract or not – we want him to sign but it is his decision. Hopefully he will make a good one by signing.”
Schneiderlin signed for Everton in January after a miserable spell at Manchester United, but he has since suffered with various injury problems.
The 27-year-old has made 13 appearances for the Toffees in all competitions this season, scoring once in the 3-0 win over West Brom in March.
Barkley, 23, has been widely linked with a move away from Goodison Park in the summer but has still been in good form in Koeman’s side this season.
The attacking midfielder has played 38 times in all competitions for Everton this term, scoring six goals and supplying nine assists.
He scored the only goal of the game on Friday night as the Merseyside club earned a 1-0 win against Watford.
In other Everton news, Peter Reid has delivered a scathing attack on this Goodison ace.