Date:Wednesday July 30 2014
No pressure Ross, the gaffer only views you as one of the best young players in the World!
Ross Barkley gave Evertonian's something to smile about yesterday as the 20-year-old England international committed his immediate future to Everton by signing a new four-year-deal.
Once upon a time Barkley would have been prized away from Goodison Park, but the feel good factor around the club under Everton manager Roberto Martinez appears to have settled everyone down.
There was no point this summer that I felt that anyone would be tempting Barkley away from Everton. It wouldn't have mattered if it was Manchester United, Manchester City or heaven forbid Liverpool, he wasn't going anywhere.
Add into the mix that we are genuine contenders to sign players being valued around the £25million mark and any financial concerns also appear to have gone.
But despite our improvement off the pitch and return to Europe on it, this deal should still be seen as a landmark moment for Everton.
Barkley's quality is unquestionable, its just about how far this star will go that's the question.
"In terms of finding another player of that quality, talent and potential, you will find it very difficult to find someone in world football. Martinez told evertonfc.com
He continued: "I don`t think you can see many players with the strength and the technique he brings; it is rare as a footballer. For me the most impressive aspect is his personality, he has such a humble way of coping with the fame and success he has accumulated."
"It is a massive football statement and a clear example for the players in the younger development groups who have a dream of playing first team football.
"I hope the fans are proud, excited and that they can show that warmth to Ross when they see him in action."
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Date:Wednesday July 30 2014
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