Ronald Koeman has been speaking about his Everton midfielder Ross Barkley and his failed move to Chelsea this summer amid interest from Tottenham Hotspur.
The 23-year-old England international is currently out injured with a hamstring injury – which is expected to keep him out until November – and was the subject of plenty of transfer deadline day drama as Everton refused to sell him to Spurs and Chelsea came in with a late £35m bid that was accepted by the club but their advances were rejected by the player.
football.london understands that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of Barkley and the midfielder wants to play for the Argentine.
The Everton star will have just six months of his contract remaining when the next transfer window comes around and the Toffees will not want to lose him for free in the summer.
Koeman admitted that he had held a meeting with Barkley over that rejection of Chelsea, but would not explain the reasons.
“Ross also came to see me on Tuesday and he explained to me why he turned down [the chance] to go to Chelsea,” Koeman said.
“That is a private talk with Ross and I am not the right man to explain to you about his decision or the reason for that decision.
“He was open to make a move to another club and from what I heard from the board, there was an agreement between Chelsea and Everton.
“But finally the decision was by the player and that is what happened at that time.”
When asked whether Barkley’s Everton career was over, the Dutchman added: “No, because he is stlll an Everton player and his contract is to the end of this season.
“At this time he is injured and it will take another two to two-and-a-half months until he is maybe available. I don’t need to take that decision now. We will wait and see what happens at that time.”