December 15, 2017 / 7:20 AM / 3 months ago

Everton board will decide Barkley's future, says Allardyce

(Reuters) - Everton midfielder Ross Barkley’s future at the Premier League club will be decided by the board, manager Sam Allardyce said.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Newcastle United vs Everton - St James' Park, Newcastle, Britain - December 13, 2017 Everton manager Sam Allardyce celebrates after the match REUTERS/Scott Heppell

The 24-year-old England international is in the final year of his contract and has declined a new offer.

“If someone comes in during January and says: ‘Here you go’ (with an offer) and the club says: ‘Look, if he’s not going to sign for us this has to be the case,’ then I accept that,” Allardyce told reporters.

“If Ross stays until the end of the season and I feel he is giving 100 percent to the team, like he has done since he was a kid, then he is an available asset for us until he leaves on a free transfer. I would hate that to happen but it might do.”

Britain Football Soccer - Everton v Watford - Premier League - Goodison Park - 12/5/17 Everton's Ross Barkley applauds fans after the match Reuters / Andrew Yates Livepic/File Photo

Barkley has not featured for Everton this season due to a hamstring injury.

Allardyce also said defenders Jonjoe Kenny and Mason Holgate and forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin would be important to Everton’s future success after they signed new long-term contracts.

“... There’s no doubt in my mind that they will play big roles at Everton for a long time to come,” the former England manager told the club’s website. (

Everton, who have found some form under Allardyce since he was appointed late last month, have risen to 10th in the league and host bottom-side Swansea City on Monday.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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