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

Posted May 12, 2017

Everton boss Ronald Koeman has issued a one-week ultimatum to Ross Barkley as the midfielder continues to deliberate over signing a new contract with the club.

Barkley's future at Goodison Park has been up for discussion for much of the season, as he's refused to sign a new deal, with his current terms only running until June 2018.

"Theres still a week left. Time for him to decide", said Koeman ahead of Friday's visit of Watford.

"I am delighted to be here - I have been here a long time now", The Mirror quote his as saying. 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.

Media reports have linked Jagielka with moves to Sunderland, Sheffield United and other clubs but the 34-year-old said that he was going to fight for his place at Everton during pre-season training.

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The boyhood Evertonian was one of two players dropped for Saturday's defeat at Swansea following a poor display against Chelsea the previous weekend.

"I spoke to him and we need more productivity from him".

Following the trip to Merseyside, Watford will prepare for away games at leaders Chelsea, who could be champions by the time they play on May 15, and then top-four hopefuls Manchester City on the final day. Kenwright announced that Kevin Mirallas had agreed a new contract to stay at Goodison Park having had just over 12 months remaining on his deal.

Everton will finish seventh in the Premier League his season, a decent return from Koeman's first season in charge, and the Dutchman is likely already planning for the next campaign.