Everton star youth signs long term contract

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Updated: October 17, 2011

Ross Barkley, the latest in a long line of Everton academy products, is set to sign a new long term contract with his boyhood club despite interest from the giants of the game.

Man United, Chelsea and Man City have all shown interest in the 17 year old after an impressive start to his career at Goodison with an outstanding display in the loss to QPR.

Everton’s academy has produced the likes of Wayne Rooney, Jack Rodwell and now Barkley and it has been feared that they would turn into a feeder club. Given their financial situation at the minute, it was suggested that they might cash in on Rodwell and now Barkley but chairman Bill Kenwright has stood firm and refused to listen to offers for Rodwell and now it seems Barkley will remain an Everton player for the next while anyway.

BBC Sport reported that the Merseyside club were in talks with the youngster and were prepared to give him an improved contract in an attempt to keep him at the club. No deal has been done just yet but one is expected. The deal is thought to be a 5 year one which he will sign when he turns 18 in December.

The news comes on the same day that Everton re-signed midfielder James McFadden after he was without a club. The Scottish international spent four and a half years at Goodison before joining Birmingham.

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