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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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Everton’s stand-off with Ross Barkley likely to run into the close-season

• Boyhood Evertonian understood to be undecided over his future
• Ronald Koeman wants the answer to plan summer spending

The standoff over Ross Barkley’s new contract at Everton is not expected to be resolved before the end of the season, despite the ultimatum set by Ronald Koeman.

Everton’s manager has made it clear he is prepared to sell the England international this summer should he fail to sign the deal that has been on the table for several months. Koeman has also stated that the club require a final decision from Barkley by the end of this season as they need clarification before starting their summer spending. They are reluctant to let the 23-year-old enter the final 12 months of his current deal.

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Everton’s stand-off with Ross Barkley likely to run into the close-season

• Boyhood Evertonian understood to be undecided over his future
• Ronald Koeman wants the answer to plan summer spending

The standoff over Ross Barkley’s new contract at Everton is not expected to be resolved before the end of the season, despite the ultimatum set by Ronald Koeman.

Everton’s manager has made it clear he is prepared to sell the England international this summer should he fail to sign the deal that has been on the table for several months. Koeman has also stated that the club require a final decision from Barkley by the end of this season as they need clarification before starting their summer spending. They are reluctant to let the 23-year-old enter the final 12 months of his current deal.

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Police investigate racial hate complaint over Kelvin MacKenzie Sun column on Ross Barkley

Police investigating column that compared Everton footballer Ross Barkley, who was punched in a nightclub, to a gorillaThe Sun has suspended Kelvin MacKenzie after Merseyside police said they were investigating a column in which he compared the footbal…

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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 Ross Barkley reports for training despite attack in city-centre bar

• Midfielder was not concussed and is available for Burnley game
• Merseyside Police investigating video footage which emerged online

Ross Barkley escaped serious injury and trained as normal with Everton on Monday after being attacked in a Liverpool city centre bar following the team’s win over Leicester City on Sunday.

Merseyside police is investigating video footage from Santa Chupitos cocktail bar that shows Barkley being punched in the face during the early hours of Monday morning. The England midfielder can be seen on CCTV talking to an unidentified man who suddenly launches an unprovoked attack, flooring Barkley with one of several punches aimed at the Everton player before being dragged away.

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Dejan Lovren angered by Ross Barkley’s refusal to apologise for derby foul

• ‘It will be headlines if I show you my leg,’ says Liverpool defender
• Sadio Mané a doubt for midweek visit of Bournemouth

Dejan Lovren has criticised Ross Barkley for not apologising for his dangerous foul in the Merseyside derby and claimed injuries had cost Liverpool the chance to win the Premier League title.

The Croatia defender was on the receiving end of a dreadful challenge from the Everton midfielder on Saturday as Liverpool strengthened their Champions League claims with another comfortable win against their local rivals at Anfield. Barkley was booked by the referee, Anthony Taylor, over the incident but could easily have seen red having committed several offences in the first half alone. He also escaped a second yellow card after the interval for a dive during a torrid afternoon for the England international and Everton.

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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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Rejuvenated Ross Barkley reaps benefits of Everton’s midfield makeover

England recall is on the cards for the midfielder after a recent upturn in form following Ronald Koeman’s reshaping of his side

Sometimes managers confound stereotypes. Tony Pulis brought up 300 Premier League matches in charge by belying his image as one of the game’s great puritans to eulogise about a flair player.

Sometimes praise comes from unexpected quarters. Ross Barkley had spent much of the season as the recipient of managerial criticism. After he helped outclass West Bromwich Albion in a 3-0 win for Everton, the player found his fan club had swelled to include both Pulis and Ronald Koeman, who traded tributes.

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Everton’s Ronald Koeman cannot avoid persistent Ross Barkley quandary

The Everton manager is reluctant to discuss his midfielder but concedes he is unsure if the 23-year-old will ever become the player many hoped he would

Ronald Koeman rolled his eyes when the subject cropped up but Everton’s performance in the Merseyside derby on Monday ensured there was no avoiding a repeat of the question. Namely, will the potential of Ross Barkley morph into the consistent performer David Moyes and Roberto Martínez believed he could be? “I am not sure,” Everton manager’s said. “I am not sure.” The honest appraisal may not sit comfortably with Barkley but represents a fair gauge of the midfielder’s predicament at Goodison Park.

Related: Ronald Koeman says keeping Romelu Lukaku will show Everton’s intent

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Everton’s Ronald Koeman looks to punish Liverpool’s defensive frailties

• ‘Merseyside derby record is not good. One out of 19 – it’s time to beat them’
• Talks with Ross Barkley over new contract will open in new year

Ronald Koeman has told Everton it is time to improve their dismal derby record against Liverpool and draw encouragement from their rivals’ defensive problems.

Related: Everton v Liverpool: match preview

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Everton’s Ronald Koeman looks to punish Liverpool’s defensive frailties

• ‘Merseyside derby record is not good. One out of 19 – it’s time to beat them’
• Talks with Ross Barkley over new contract will open in new year

Ronald Koeman has told Everton it is time to improve their dismal derby record against Liverpool and draw encouragement from their rivals’ defensive problems.

Related: Everton v Liverpool: match preview

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Everton to start contract talks with Ross Barkley in new year

• England international under contract with boyhood club until 2018
• Midfielder has endured difficult season under Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman said Everton will open talks over a new contract for Ross Barkley in the new year and insisted no club is “knocking on the door” for his players.

Everton secured new deals on Friday for the veteran midfielder Gareth Barry, defender Leighton Baines and promising youngster Mason Holgate. Barry and Baines would have been out of contract at the end of this season – the reported four-year deal Baines signed in 2014 included a conditional final 12 months – while Barkley is under contract until 2018.

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Romelu Lukaku needs help to get Everton firing again, says Koeman

• Koeman believes striker will score more if he gets better assistance
• Ross Barkley urged to show qualities on training pitch after being dropped

Ronald Koeman believes Romelu Lukaku is adapting to Everton’s pressing game but needs more chances from open play to correct the team’s faltering run of form.

A lack of productivity from the Everton attack and a lack of movement from the Belgium international have been recurring themes from Koeman during his side’s sequence of one win in 10 matches. Lukaku made 24 sprints in the 5-0 defeat at Chelsea last month, when Diego Costa made 77, and averages a lowly 8.7km of running per game. Wayne Rooney and Roberto Firmino, as a comparison, run on average 11.5km.

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Ronald Koeman hopes dropping Ross Barkley for Everton will be wake-up call

• Manager hints at recall for Everton midfielder for Burnley trip
• Ronald Koeman wants attacking players to take more responsibility for scoring

Ronald Koeman has said Ross Barkley’s omission against Manchester City should serve as a wake-up call to the Everton midfielder about the need for more aggression and end product in his game.

Barkley was an unused substitute at the Etihad Stadium last Saturday when Everton held the Premier League leaders to a 1-1 draw. The 22-year-old had appeared in 55 consecutive league games before that but unlike earlier in the season, when Koeman told the England international to raise his game “in all aspects”, the manager took a tactical decision to demote Barkley, with Gerard Deulofeu recalled to support Romelu Lukaku.

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Ronald Koeman hopes dropping Ross Barkley for Everton will be wake-up call

• Manager hints at recall for Everton midfielder for Burnley trip
• Ronald Koeman wants attacking players to take more responsibility for scoring

Ronald Koeman has said Ross Barkley’s omission against Manchester City should serve as a wake-up call to the Everton midfielder about the need for more aggression and end product in his game.

Barkley was an unused substitute at the Etihad Stadium last Saturday when Everton held the Premier League leaders to a 1-1 draw. The 22-year-old had appeared in 55 consecutive league games before that but unlike earlier in the season, when Koeman told the England international to raise his game “in all aspects”, the manager took a tactical decision to demote Barkley, with Gerard Deulofeu recalled to support Romelu Lukaku.

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Ross Barkley issues a perfect response to criticism to inspire Everton

Young midfielder’s refusal to hide against Middlesbrough after a public dressing down by Ronald Koeman proves that he is a fast-maturing talent

The spotlight was on Gareth Barry on his 600th Premier League appearance, the expectation on Idrissa Gueye after an exceptional start to his Everton career and the pressure all on Ross Barkley following a very public dressing down before Middlesbrough arrived at Goodison Park. It demonstrated the latter’s refusal to hide, and lack of ego, that the entire heart of Everton’s midfield functioned as Ronald Koeman demanded.

If a half-time substitution at Sunderland last Monday and repeated calls for improvement were Koeman’s way of testing Barkley’s mentality as well as ability, then his satisfaction with the 22-year-old’s reaction was justified. In the closeted, precious world of the Premier League it can be dangerous for any manager to issue public warnings and criticism of their biggest talents. Koeman, like Everton managers before him, had no such concerns with Barkley. “What is testing?” he asked following the 3-1 victory that left his team second in the table. “Yes, maybe Ross was under pressure but if you don’t handle the pressure you can’t play in the Premier League.”

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Ross Barkley must raise his game, warns Everton manager Ronald Koeman

• Player’s substitution at Sunderland follows England omission
• Coach issues statement after having face-to-face discussions

Ronald Koeman has told Ross Barkley he needs to raise his game “in all aspects” after withdrawing the Everton midfielder with just 45 minutes played against Sunderland.

Related: Koeman’s priority as Everton manager is simple – get the best out of Barkley | Paul Wilson

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