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Everton confident keeping hold of Barcelona winger Deulofeu

Everton hope to keep hold of on-loan Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu next season.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes his club are still in the box seat to sign Deulofeu for a second campaign.

Martinez said: "If Gerard needs another year on loan, I think it is going to be with Everton. If not, he'll be at Barcelona. I don't think he's going to go elsewhere on loan.

"When we sat down in the summer, we talked about Gerard being maybe two years away from the first team at Barcelona.

"We've been very happy with the way he is developing and, before his injury, he had reached such a level that everyone thought he might be ready for the Barcelona squad. But it all depends on Barcelona."

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