Ultimatum: Everton Boss Ronald Koeman Gives Ross Barkley One Week To Sign New Contract

Chris Wright

11th, May 2017

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Everton boss Ronald Koeman has issued a one-week ultimatum to Ross Barkley as the midfielder continues to deliberate over signing a new contract with the club.

Barkley has had a lot to endure from a personal standpoint in recent weeks, and has also found himself chopped and changed in and out of the first-team.

Koeman has previously stated that he is attempting to pressure the 23-year-old into realising his full potential, though with his current deal due to expire at the end of next season, the time is nigh for a decision to be made.

Indeed, asked how long Barkley has to make his mind up, Koeman was refreshingly to-the-point:

Still one week. The board has been working a long time for Ross to stay for a long period.

It’s up to the player but we don’t wait until August. We need an answer if he will accept the contract or we sign a player.

If he leaves it so long you have doubts. I like to work with players who want to stay. I don’t know, it’s up to the player, he needs to make a decision.

Nice and simple. You’ve got a week. Either jump on the trolley or get busy moseying on.

Koeman really is a breath of fresh air when it comes to this kind of thing.

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