Everton boss Roberto Martinez has dismissed reports linking Ross Barkley with a move to Premier League champions Manchester City.
The Everton boss was speaking ahead of the Toffees’ crucial Meyseyside derby clash with Liverpool this Saturday and indicated that it is just a rumour and nothing more.
“It’s a rumour and we’ll leave it there. We have spoken enough in the past about potential interest and I always mention the same, we take it as a footballing compliment and we move on.
“All we want from Ross now is to be able to get him fully fit and get him ready to enjoy his football and to help the team and we’re looking forward to that day.”
The young England prospect is currently out injured with a knee ligament injury suffered before Everton’s opening day Premier League game with newly promoted side Leicester City. Martinez has stated that Barkley is ahead of schedule which is bound to please Toffee fans.
“Medicine and football don’t go hand in hand because the football, you want the player to be fit tomorrow, and medicine always wants an extra day.
“But he’s doing really well. He’s starting to run, which is something we didn’t expect until next week. Now the next bit will be introducing the ball.
“I do expect that he’s going to be a few weeks still but he’s well ahead of what we expected and it’s all positive.”
The return of Barkley in the next few weeks would be a timely boost for Roberto Martinez’s side as they have so far struggled to replicate the form they showed last season with their defence looking particularly vulnerable.
The clash between Liverpool and Everton is set to be hotly contested especially considering that both sides need a win to kick start there seasons.
Liverpool welcome Everton to Anfield this Saturday in a 12:45 KO.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.