Liverpool - Highly regarded England midfielder Ross Barkley has signed a new four-year contract with Everton, the English Premiership club have announced on Tuesday.
"Ross Barkley has committed his long-term future to Everton by
signing a new contract at Goodison Park," Everton announced on their
"The 20-year-old midfielder has put pen to paper on a new
four-year agreement, meaning he will remain with the club until at
least the end of the 2017-18 season."
Barkley, 20, exploded onto
the scene in the Premier League last season and was nominated for the
Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year award.
skilful central midfielder was rewarded for his form with a place in
Roy Hodgson's England squad for the World Cup and appeared in all three
of his side's group-stage games in Brazil.
He came off the bench
in the 2-1 defeats against Italy and Uruguay and started in the 0-0 draw
with Costa Rica, leaving him with nine international caps to his name.
has been linked with clubs including Manchester United, but he said
that he had had no second thoughts about tying himself to Goodison Park.
a new contract is a dream. I've played for Everton most of my life.
This is a big thing for me," he told the club website. "It didn't take
any persuading. As soon as I got told about it, I wanted to sign."
has made 56 appearances since making his debut against Queens Park
Rangers during the 2011-12 season and manager Roberto Martinez believes
that he will continue to improve as a player.- 'Memories of legends' -
has signed a new contract to reflect his new role and development,"
said the Spaniard. "When you talk about assembling squads and getting
ready for the new season, for us it is as big news as you can get.
"Ross is still a young man and there is a long way to go in his development, but as it stands he is a massive part of our squad.
is a big moment, as every Evertonian will tell you Ross Barkley is the
sort of player everyone would love to pay to watch him play.
brings back memories of the big legends we've had at the club. But
saying that, he is a young man and his best years are yet to come."
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright described Everton and Barkley as "the perfect fit".
added: "This was an important agreement and, I have to say, was
conducted in a way that showed clearly the devotion to Everton Football
Club of everyone involved."
Barkley follows 25-year-old Irish right-back Seamus Coleman in signing a new contract during the close season.
have also signed Bosnia-Hercegovina midfielder Muhamed Besic from
Hungarian club Ferencvaros and turned Gareth Barry's loan move from
Manchester City into a permanent transfer.
finished fifth in the Premier League last season, narrowly missing out
on a place in the Champions League. They open the 2014-15 campaign with
an away game at promoted Leicester City on 16 August.