Everton sensation, Ross Barkley, 19, has told the media that Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard, advised him to stay at Goodison Park, amid speculation he is a target for Chelsea and Manchester United.
During David Moyes' reign as Everton manager, teenager Barkley was sent on loan to Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds, but since Roberto Martinez has taken charge of the blue side of Merseyside, he has been able to secure a spot in the first team line up and make a big name for himself.
"He [Gerrard] said the big hitters are going to be looking at me but the main thing for me is to stay with the club I'm at, the team I support and love," he told reporters.
The England and Liverpool captain, has spent his whole career at the Reds, rejecting moves from the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich, has managed to make 635 appearances and score 159 goals for his boyhood club.
Barkley joined Everton at the age of 11 and is also hoping to secure a place on the plane to Brazil next summer for England's World Cup squad after making his debut from the bench against Moldova two weeks ago.
"I was a bit star-struck when I first joined up [with the England squad] but Steven was good to me when I was away. I sat next to him on the coach and he gave me loads of advice," Barkley added.
"He [Gerrard] told me I'm from Liverpool, a local lad playing for the team I support, and there is nothing better. He's done that throughout his career. He said playing is the main thing, going to another team and not playing would be no good for my development."
Barkley's impressive performances have led to reported interest from Manchester United and Chelsea, with David Moyes seemingly keen to be reunited with the youngster following his move to Old Trafford.
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