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Everton to discuss new deal for youngster Barkley at end of season

Everton boss Roberto Martinez will not discuss the Ross Barkley's contract until the end of the season. Martinez is delighted with the 20 year olds attitude, but is carefully nurturing his career and will not be rushed into decisions about his fitness or future at Goodison Park.

"I'm really, really pleased the way he's putting himself up for the games and he wants to be ready, but Ross is going to be vital for us in this final third. We need to make sure that we use him wisely and we use him always 100 per cent," he said.

When asked for an update about Barkley's contract, Martinez said: "No, everything is still the same behind the scenes. As we mentioned it's always the case.

"We'll always reward the players that deserve it and obviously Ross is one of those."

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