Everton boss Koeman backs Ross Barkley despite snubbing Chelsea move

Everton boss Koeman backs Ross Barkley despite snubbing Chelsea move

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Ronald Koeman has confirmed Everton midfielder¬†Ross Barkley¬†will receive a warm welcome as ‘he is still an Everton player’.

It is understood the England international star refused a last-minute move to Chelsea on Deadline Day, as he wanted to reconsider his situation at Goodison Park despite a £35m move accepted by the Toffees.

With the arrival of Wayne Rooney and Davy Klaassen, Barkley is not expected to be Koeman’s main choice for the starting XI, anyway the Dutchman claimed:

“His Everton career is not over because he is still an Everton player,”

“To the end of this season he has his contract of course the player, at this time, is injured and it will take another two or two-and-a-half months before he is available”.

“So I don’t need to take that decision now and I can wait and see what will happen. Then we will see what the decision will be at that time.”

Chelsea are expected to be ready to place a further bid for the England international next January.