Everton will do everything they can to keep hold of their latest academy starlet Ross Barkley insists Toffees boss David Moyes, who revealed the club is already in talks with the player over a new long-term contract.

The 17-year-old midfielder has impressed in the early part of the season, after recovering from a cruciate ligament injury suffered last year, and has alerted the attention of a host of Barclays Premier League giants.

With the club's precarious financial situation never far from Evertonians thoughts, Blues fans are concerned that Barkley could be lured away from Goodison Park, in a similar manner that an 18-year-old Wayne Rooney left Merseyside for Manchester United in 2004.

"Every club will want Ross as he is going to be an outstanding player," Moyes confirmed. "I'm worried it will be a difficulty for us in the future.


"I'm sure the bigger clubs will be looking at him, but we've no intention of selling. I think we've got the team to carry Ross. The club is in a much better position [than with Rooney].

"Can we carry someone like Ross now? Of course we can. Maybe when we had Wayne I didn't think we could hang on to someone of that talent, at that period."

Moyes wants to reassure any doubters that whatever happens with regards to Barkley's future, any decision that has to be taken, will be made with the club's best interests at heart.

"If someone comes for Ross I've always said it's expensive to buy off Everton," he added. "If you're going to come and try to take our better players we don't sell cheap, that's for sure."

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