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Ronald Koeman issues Ross Barkley warning

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Everton boss Ronald Koeman has urged Ross Barkley to sign a new contract with the club or face being sold in the summer.

The England international has featured in over 130 Premier League matches for the Toffees since making his debut in 2011, but with his current contract at Goodison Park set to expire in the summer of 2018, speculation over his future has intensified.

Koeman is keen for the 23-year-old to sign a new contract with the club, but he conceded the nature of football means they may have to cash in on the attacking midfielder if he hasn’t signed an extension by the summer.

“Ross is a boy from Everton and we need to show him the reasons to stay,” said Koeman.

“You make decisions at the end of the season and you sign a new contract or you sell the player. There is no ‘ultimatum’ but that’s ¬business – and the player needs to ¬understand this.”

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Everton are currently seventh in the league standings, two points behind sixth-place Manchester United, although they have played two games more than the Red Devils.

Koeman believes it is important his side signal their intent to mount a regular challenge for a top-six finish during the remainder of the campaign, as he believes that will boost their chances of keeping hold of their best players.

“What we want to do and like to do is to show everyone that if there is one club out of the big six to make the next step then its Everton,” he added.

Everton are next in action when they play host to Hull City at Goodison Park on Saturday and they are priced at 1.53 to win the match, while the relegation-threatened Tigers are on available at 7.00 and the draw is on offer at 4.20.