Everton boss Roberto Martinez has made clear the clubs ambitions to secure Ross Barkley to a new contract.
The 20-year old England international has become a mainstay in Martinezâ€™s midfield this season and despite already having a long-term deal, the Spaniard is looking to reward him for his outstanding development with the Toffees.
â€śWe are working behind the scenes to reward youngsters, and Ross clearly deserves it. He showed in pre-season he was desperate to help the team, heâ€™s getting better and is a good listener. He is a pleasure to work with,â€ť he said ahead of Saturdayâ€™s home meeting with Fulham.
â€śHe never gets fazed by the situation â€“ you saw he was himself in the Merseyside derby. The scale of the game doesnâ€™t affect him. He is emotionally level-headed and physically is really capable.
â€śIt is important to measure him weekly to see that he doesnâ€™t burn himself out, but I have been very, very impressed with how he has coped with it.â€ť
Martinez added: â€śRoss has got a long-term deal with us, so itâ€™s not a situation where he is coming to the end of his contract.
â€śBut as a club, we will always want to reward young players if they do well in the first team and their roles change.
â€śRemember that Ross was a youngster trying to break into the squad. Now, for me, he is going to have an important role in it, so that is going to be reflected â€“ but there is not a timescale.â€ť
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