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Everton in talks with Cuco Martina over signing Southampton defender

• The 27-year-old is out of contract at St Mary’s Stadium this month
• Koeman wants cover due to Seamus Coleman’s long-term injury

Everton have held talks with Cuco Martina over signing the Southampton defender on a free transfer.

The 27-year-old is out of contract at St Mary’s Stadium this month and open to a move having failed to secure a regular place in Claude Puel’s team this season, making only 18 appearances in all competitions.

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Ronald Koeman ‘not confident’ Ross Barkley will stay at Everton next season

• Midfielder has yet to inform manager if he will sign new contract
• Koeman: We need an answer after the weekend

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is not confident Ross Barkley will stay with the club but is “not worried” about the situation.

Koeman says the Toffees are looking for players who operate in Barkley’s position irrespective of whether or not the 23-year-old midfielder signs a new deal, with his current contract expiring in the summer of 2018.

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Ronald Koeman raises doubts over Ross Barkley’s future at Everton

• ‘It’s his responsibility and also of his agent to say yes or no,’ says manager
• Watford game on Friday could be player’s last Everton appearance at Goodison

Ross Barkley has been told by Ronald Koeman he has a responsibility to inform Everton whether he intends to sign a new contract and that the club’s offer is non-negotiable.

The midfielder has yet to commit to his boyhood club despite being in talks over a new deal for months and receiving an ultimatum from Koeman to decide his future by the end of this season. Everton host Watford on Friday, in what may prove to be Barkley’s final appearance for the club at Goodison Park, before ending the campaign at Arsenal a week on Sunday, but no resolution to the stand-off is in sight.

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Ronald Koeman wants Barcelona job but only after taking Everton into top four

• Everton manager says ‘I have two dreams to fulfil: coach Holland and Barça’
• Koeman linked with former club but insists he is committed to Everton

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has said he dreams of managing his former club Barcelona but insists he is committed to his current side, and wants to complete the challenge of leading them into the Champions League.

The former Barça defender, who spent six years at Camp Nou between 1989 and 1995, has regularly been linked with a return to his old club since Luis Enrique announced his departure at the end of the current season.

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Ronald Koeman tells Romelu Lukaku to show ‘best of himself’ against Chelsea

• Everton’s manager admits difficulty in hanging on to his best players
• Premier League’s leading scorer faces former club on Sunday

Everton’s manager has challenged Romelu Lukaku to show “the best of himself” against his striker’s former club, Chelsea, on Sunday and shape the destiny of the Premier League title.

Ronald Koeman’s side present arguably the toughest assignment for Chelsea in their pursuit of the championship having won eight consecutive matches at Goodison Park, with Lukaku scoring in his past nine appearances on home soil. The Belgian has been frequently linked with a return to Stamford Bridge after refusing to extend a contract that still has two years to run, and the manager admits it may be difficult to retain his best players this summer. “I don’t know, will see at the end of the season,” he said on the prospect of keeping the Premier League’s leading scorer.

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Ronald Koeman: I give young players a chance maybe more than English managers

• Maybe they are afraid to put young players in, says Everton’s manager
• ‘Southampton’s young players were not good enough long-term’

Ronald Koeman has accused English coaches of being afraid to blood young players and claimed a lack of talent was the only reason he stuck with so few at Southampton.

The Everton manager has drawn heavily on the club’s academy products and young signings during his first season at Goodison Park, with Tom Davies, Mason Holgate, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman plus – more recently – Matthew Pennington, Jonjoe Kenny and Joe Williams all regular members of the first team squad.

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Ronald Koeman: I give young players a chance maybe more than English managers

• Maybe they are afraid to put young players in, says Everton’s manager
• ‘Southampton’s young players were not good enough long-term’

Ronald Koeman has accused English coaches of being afraid to blood young players and claimed a lack of talent was the only reason he stuck with so few at Southampton.

The Everton manager has drawn heavily on the club’s academy products and young signings during his first season at Goodison Park, with Tom Davies, Mason Holgate, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman plus – more recently – Matthew Pennington, Jonjoe Kenny and Joe Williams all regular members of the first team squad.

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Ronald Koeman: I give young players a chance maybe more than English managers

• Maybe they are afraid to put young players in, says Everton’s manager
• ‘Southampton’s young players were not good enough long-term’

Ronald Koeman has accused English coaches of being afraid to blood young players and claimed a lack of talent was the only reason he stuck with so few at Southampton.

The Everton manager has drawn heavily on the club’s academy products and young signings during his first season at Goodison Park, with Tom Davies, Mason Holgate, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman plus – more recently – Matthew Pennington, Jonjoe Kenny and Joe Williams all regular members of the first team squad.

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Ronald Koeman: I give young players a chance maybe more than English managers

• Maybe they are afraid to put young players in, says Everton’s manager
• ‘Southampton’s young players were not good enough long-term’

Ronald Koeman has accused English coaches of being afraid to blood young players and claimed a lack of talent was the only reason he stuck with so few at Southampton.

The Everton manager has drawn heavily on the club’s academy products and young signings during his first season at Goodison Park, with Tom Davies, Mason Holgate, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman plus – more recently – Matthew Pennington, Jonjoe Kenny and Joe Williams all regular members of the first team squad.

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Koeman sets Everton target to finish above Arsenal and Manchester United

• Dutchman says his team are more than capable of a top-five finish
• Rivals’ heavier workloads will be to Everton’s advantage, he adds

Ronald Koeman has said Everton could finish above Arsenal or Manchester United due to their rivals’ inconsistency and workloads, claiming the pair are bigger than his team in name only.

Leicester City’s elimination from the Champions League on Tuesday in effect secured Europa League qualification for Everton, with Koeman’s team seventh in the table and 13 points clear of West Bromwich Albion in eighth. Everton will face a third qualifying round in late July should they remain seventh but while welcoming a place in Europa and the extra demands on next season’s fixture schedule, Koeman insists a fifth- or sixth-placed finish is a credible target.

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Everton’s Keane pursuit may not mean end for Jagielka, hints Koeman

• Everton manager gives 34-year-old a boost for next season
• Koeman underlines admiration for Burnley’s Michael Keane

Ronald Koeman has described the Everton target, Michael Keane, as a defender of great potential but said his summer reshuffle may not signal the end of Phil Jagielka’s career at Goodison Park.

Related: Ronald Koeman says bar attack will not make Ross Barkley leave Everton

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Ronald Koeman says bar attack will not make Ross Barkley leave Everton

• England midfielder was punched in the face in a bar in Liverpool on Monday
• Manager wants answer from player on new contract by end of season

Ronald Koeman does not believe Ross Barkley will consider leaving Everton as a consequence of being attacked in Liverpool city centre but has told the midfielder to decide his future by the end of the season.

Related: Everton’s Ross Barkley reports for training despite attack in city-centre bar

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Ronald Koeman says bar attack will not make Ross Barkley leave Everton

• England midfielder was punched in the face in a bar in Liverpool on Monday
• Manager wants answer from player on new contract by end of season

Ronald Koeman does not believe Ross Barkley will consider leaving Everton as a consequence of being attacked in Liverpool city centre but has told the midfielder to decide his future by the end of the season.

Related: Everton’s Ross Barkley reports for training despite attack in city-centre bar

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Everton’s Tom Davies to miss England U19 tournament for time to rest

• FA agrees Everton’s request for midfielder to sit out championships in July
• Ronald Koeman demands improvement in finishing from team

Ronald Koeman has said Tom Davies will not feature at the European Under-19 Championship this summer despite captaining England when they qualified for the tournament.

The Everton midfielder led England to a 3-0 win over Spain last month that sealed their place at the championship finals in Georgia from 2-15 July. However, at the request of his club, the Football Association has agreed that the 18-year-old would benefit from a rest after rising to prominence in the Premier League this season.

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Ronald Koeman tells Romelu Lukaku to answer his critics at Old Trafford

• Premier League top scorer flopped in Merseyside derby
• Everton manager says United away is chance to atone

Ronald Koeman believes Old Trafford is the perfect stage for Romelu Lukaku to banish his derby disappointment and demonstrate he does deliver against the Premier League’s strongest sides.

The Everton manager has spoken to the Belgium international about his meagre contribution to the defeat at Liverpool on Saturday, citing the fact that Lukaku and Ross Barkley were “not at their level” as a reason for his young team’s 3-1 reverse. Lukaku tops the Premier League’s goalscoring chart this season with 21 but has often struggled to have an impact against the top teams, with only four of his 39 league goals over the past two campaigns arriving against the current top six.

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Liverpool’s bench was trying to get Ross Barkley sent off, says Ronald Koeman

• Everton manager accuses Liverpool assistant of ‘over-reacting’
• Koeman admits Barkley could have received two yellow cards

Ronald Koeman, the Everton manager, agreed Ross Barkley was lucky to stay on the pitch in the Merseyside derby after two fouls in the first half that could have produced two yellow cards and accused the Liverpool bench of trying to get his midfielder sent off.

The Everton player was spoken to after a heavy challenge on Emre Can in the opening minutes of Liverpool’s 3-1 victory, two minutes before Sadio Mané opened the scoring. A clearly frustrated Barkley then picked up his first caution for an over-the-top tackle that hurt Dejan Lovren and might have brought a red card.

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Everton’s momentum gives Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp his most testing derby yet | Andy Hunter

Liverpool manager insists he feels no pressure as he looks to extend winning run against Everton in a match for which both sides’ preparations have been jolted

Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool do not feel under pressure against Everton despite describing Saturday’s Merseyside derby as the most important of his Anfield reign.

Klopp is the only manager in Liverpool’s history to win his first two derbies having overseen a 4-0 destruction of Roberto Martínez’s side last season and a 94th-minute victory at Goodison Park in December. “Maybe I’m a genius at understanding derbies because I didn’t need a second to understand the importance of this game,” he said. Since Sadio Mané’s stoppage-time goal at Goodison, however, Everton have closed the gap on Liverpool and enter the 228th Merseyside derby as the in-form team in the Premier League this year.

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Martin O’Neill furious at Everton’s Ronald Koeman over James McCarthy

• Ireland manager labels Everton coach ‘master tactician of blame game’
• Midfielder returned after international duty with a hamstring injury

Martin O’Neill has hit back over the Republic of Ireland’s handling of James McCarthy, labelling Ronald Koeman a “master tactician of the blame game”. O’Neill came under attack from the Everton manager after the midfielder returned to Merseyside injured following the international break and Koeman accused the Ireland coach of “not protecting the player”.

However, O’Neill released a statement which read: “The Everton manager, master tactician of the blame game, has struck out in his comments today, criticising both myself and James McCarthy. Perhaps a review of Everton’s pre-season programme might provide some enlightenment.”

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Merseyside derby: can Everton overcome hoodoo and will Coutinho shine?

Five things to look out for including how Liverpool will replace Lallana and Lukaku’s pursuit of the golden boot when the two old rivals meet at Anfield

Jürgen Klopp’s side triumphed without their influential No10 at Goodison Park in December but he remains pivotal to their prospects of breaking any defence and one of the few talents capable of elevating a derby with a touch of class. Since returning from an ankle ligament injury in January, Coutinho has recaptured his early-season form only sporadically and scored once in 13 outings for his club. However, his goal and performance for Brazil against Paraguay in midweek, when he helped his country to qualify for the World Cup in Russia before flying back to Merseyside on a private jet with Roberto Firmino, suggest his sharpness and confidence is returning.

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Romelu Lukaku’s ambition is the same as Ronald Koeman’s | Daniel Taylor

Everton manager has readily changed clubs to further his own career and this response to Lukaku’s desire to move shows an all too common double standard

They were nine games into the Eredivisie season when Valencia came calling for Ronald Koeman in October 2007. PSV Eindhoven, the team he had led to the Dutch title, had won seven and drawn two and were enjoying the view from the top of the table. Yet Koeman had always wanted to manage in Spain and the relevant people at PSV were candid enough to realise Valencia was an upgrade. Jan Reker, PSV’s general director, would later say: “Our question to Valencia was: ‘Can’t this wait until next year?’”

The answer was a polite no. Valencia’s information was that Koeman wanted to go. He signed a three-year contract at the Mestalla and there was no attempt from PSV to block the move. Koeman wanted to advance his career and he went with their best wishes. “Ronald has always said he dreamed of coaching a top club in Spain,” Reker explained. “We respect that. This is a dream club for him and they didn’t want to wait. It’s a pity for PSV but the ultimate challenge for Ronald. I was a coach myself and when you have a dream, you must take it when it comes.”

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