Wayne Rooney urges midfielder Ross Barkley to stay at Everton

Doug Mendoza
July 17, 2017

Wayne Rooney has admitted that he is keen to see Ross Barkley remain at Everton as it shows that the club are serious about their top-four ambitions.

It is understood that the two Premier League clubs have been far away from agreeing a deal for the English playmaker and that Everton's £50million valuation has been viewed as "unrealistic" by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

A 22-time England global, Barkley came through the youth system at Everton.

Given how strong Spurs' starting XI is, it is hard to work out exactly where Barkley would fit in if he joined but perhaps Pochettino has plans to move him into a similar role to that now occupied by Mousa Dembele.

£50 million is an astronomical fee for any player of Barkley's quality, especially given that there is only one year left on his current deal.

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While Everton insist his absence is due to a lingering groin injury, Barkley's continued non-appearances will do little to dampen speculation that he is set to leave Goodison Park over the coming weeks.

The 27-year-old is linking up again with Ronald Koeman after joining on a Bosman free transfer following the expiry of his contract at St Mary's. "He is a player who will strengthen our squad and be able to play in different positions when that's needed, too".

A few years on from Barkley's breakthrough 2013-14 season and still there are question marks over what his best role is; is he more effective as an attacking no.10 or slightly deeper in central midfield? Unfortunately, it does not look like that's going to happen, to the detriment of the team that taught him everything he knows.

Tottenham's reported interest in Ross Barkley has been a thing for a long time.

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