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 By PA Sport

Ross Barkley's Everton future 'not a clear situation' - Ronald Koeman

Wayne Rooney says he's been thinking of scoring on his return to Everton ever since he knew the deal was happening.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman has said midfielder Ross Barkley's future remains unclear.

Koeman has repeatedly warned Barkley that if he did not sign a new deal this summer he would have to be sold given his current contract expires next year, yet the 23-year-old has not penned fresh terms and is still an Everton player.

A groin injury prevented him from travelling with the team to Tanzania for a friendly this week, and Koeman was unable to provide any clarity regarding Barkley when asked for the latest in Africa.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, he said: "At the moment it is not a clear situation. He is not fit -- that's the reason he didn't travel with the team.

"We will see when he is fit and back, but everybody knows his situation, and we will see what will happen."

The uncertainty surrounding Barkley has not prevented Everton from being active in this summer's transfer window, with Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford, Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen all arriving at Goodison Park.

Ross Barkley has yet to sign a new contract at Everton.

Koeman, who also lost striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, said he is still scouring the market for more and it is reported that they have lodged a £40 million bid for Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson.

"We are close to having the right squad," Koeman added. "We did really good business, brought really good players who will make the team stronger and give the team competition.

"We are expecting maybe one or two players more to come in. It's really important to already have the players in [when the season starts] because they need the adaptation, to learn how we like to play.

"And of course we know that we need to be ready in two weeks for the start of the Europa League qualifying.

"It's good that most of the new signings are playing now for Everton, and it's credit to the board of Everton that they did really good business, which is what the team needs."

Meanwhile, Everton youth coach David Unsworth says every player at Goodison Park can learn from Rooney.

Rooney has rejoined his boyhood club after 13 years with Manchester United and scored the first goal of his second spell on Everton's pre-season tour of Tanzania on Thursday.

Unsworth, who also returned to Everton as a player, is now head coach of the club's under-23 team that won the Premier League 2 title last season and provided five players to England's victorious Under-20 World Cup squad.

Speaking to Press Association Sport, Unsworth said: "First and foremost, Wayne has got so much to offer as a player but he's also a winner.

"So if any Everton player, not just the young players, isn't benefiting from playing and training alongside him, well, they're not tapping into that winning mentality.

"He's a terrific player and he's won everything. Everybody should tap into Wayne, not just the young players."


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