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Everton to hand Barkley new contract to ward off interest

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Ross Barkley is to be offered a bumper new deal by Everton after an outstanding start to the season which will halt interest from Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez will begin talks with Barkley's representatives in the new year and the 20-year-old is likely to get a substantial pay rise above his current deal which he signed two years ago.

Martinez described Barkley's talents as "unique" and has made the England youngster a regular starter in his Everton side. Barkley has made 14 Premier league appearances this season, scoring two goals.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Martinez said: “What we need to do is make sure we give Ross another 50 starts to see his evolution. Any player needs to develop an understanding.

"In this country, we need to be more protective over our youngsters because, in Ross, we have someone who, if we look after him properly, can give us something unique.”

The midfielder is highly rated by England and fancied to become a star for the national team in the future.

Barkley is also in the running to be part of Roy Hodgson's squad at the World Cup this summer after being included in the manager's recent senior squads.

The Everton player has received three full international caps and represented his country at last summer's under-20 World Cup.

Barkley still has two years left on his current deal with Everton but Martinez feels the youngster should be rewarded for his excellent start to this season, recently marked by a superb performance against Arsenal last Sunday.

The new deal should also deter any buyers from sneaking in and stealing the midfielder from under Everton's nose. Barkley began his playing career with Everton in 2005 aged 12 and developed in an impressive academy which recently produced Wayne Rooney and Jack Rodwell.

Leighton Baines and Sylvain Distin are also in line for improved deals with Everton.

In the summer the Merseyside club rejected two bids for Baines from Manchester United and the former Wigan player has been promised reward for his loyalty in the form of a new deal.

Distin is likely to be offered a 12-month extension to his current deal.

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