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Everton hero Barkley: I don't want to be like Rooney

Ross Barkley is happy to embrace the responsibility of staying with Everton.

The midfielder has penned a new contract this week.

With Barkley's performances earning him a place in England's World Cup squad there was plenty of speculation linking clubs with him so when the offer of a new contract came up the midfielder was only too happy to sign.

"It is sending out the message that we want to do well and win silverware," said the youngster.

"I knew what it meant to me when Rooney left. He was one of the better players and I thought Everton could have pushed on at the time.

"When he left we were all down and I know how the fans felt so I wanted to sign (a new contract) and push on with Everton.

"We have to keep good players at the club and we've done that with Bainesy (Leighton Baines) signing a new contract, Seamus (Coleman) and a few others.

"It is stability and it shows we want to push on and don't want to stand still.

"I've played for Everton most of my life. I see it as my home. This is a big thing for me. This is the club that I love."

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