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September 22 2017, 06:12 | Van Peters
Koeman not confident Barkley will sign new Everton deal
According to BBC Football, Everton manager Ronald Koeman says he isn't confident midfielder Ross Barkley will stay at the club and he is already at new players in the 23-year-old's position.
The Everton manager previously gave an ultimatum to Barkley, whose current deal has a year to run, stating that he must agree fresh terms before the final game of the season or be sold.
While Koeman is bullish about Everton's chances of keeping Lukaku, the situation regarding Barkley is less clear-cut, with the midfielder set to enter the past year of his contract.
Koeman is expecting a decision on his future by Monday, and doesn't know if he will carry on playing for Everton once the season is finished.
"I don't need to explain more because if we don't want the player to stay longer we don't offer a new contract".
The Dutch coach was non-committal on that, but when asked if Barkley would be part of his plans in pre-season if the impasse was not resolved he replied: "I don't know.
He has spent a long time thinking about his future".
"I'm not anxious because I like to work with players who like to stay". We will go on.
"I am not anxious because I like to work with players who like to play".
The Dutchman also revealed he would attempt to make several signings to improve the competition in the squad whether or not Barkley stays.
With the 2016-17 Premier League season coming to close with Championship Sunday in less than 48 hours' time, time is running out on the (loose) club-imposed deadline for Barkley to accept and sign the contract offered to him. We're already two or three months into getting a picture of what we need.