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Ronald Koeman: Ross Barkley must sign a new contract or leave Everton

Ronald Koeman has told Ross Barkley that he must sign a new contract with Everton and commit his future to the club or face being sold.

Barkley's current deal runs out next summer and Koeman said the scenario with the 23-year-old Liverpudlian is straightforward.

"We offer him a new contract, and then [there are] two possibilities," he said when asked what he could do to keep Barkley. "One, he signs that contract, if he doesn't sign that contract then we need to sell the player. It's simple, it's not so difficult in my opinion."

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Any potential suitors for Barkley would have been encouraged by his performance as Everton ran out 4-2 winners against Leicester at Goodison Park on Sunday, in a game where Romelu Lukaku scored twice to take his tally for the season to 23.

Lukaku's future at Everton is also uncertain but Koeman is determined to fight in order to keep his star men.

"We try to keep the best players," Koeman added. "We spoke a lot about Ross and Rom because they are really important. Most of the time the quality of the players can be the difference between Everton and the opponent, and they played really well.

"We know Rom is a great finisher but Ross played really good football between the lines. I think he should have scored one but it is what you like to see -- your best players performing like they showed because they played outstanding, the whole team performance was outstanding.

"You need those kind of players on their top level because they make differences and that's what we like."

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