The new caretaker boss David Unsworth at Everton will attempt to persuade Ross Barkley to sign a new contract with them after Koeman said that the player will move away from the team.
Unsworth’s target is to convince currently-injured Barkley who is also known to have a bad relationship with Koeman which only added to Barkley’s desire to leave the club.
The England international almost moved to Chelsea on deadline day but Everton didn’t push the release. The striker only has eight months remaining on his current contract with the club and has refused to sign a new deal with them with Koeman also announcing that he would be sold.
“I would absolutely love him to stay. He is a top talent, Everton has done great for him and he’s done great for Everton but he could be one of the all-time greats here,” said Unsworth.
“I would love him to be persuaded by myself, the chairman and Farhad to stay and sign a contract. We shouldn’t be losing players of his quality. He is a top player and a great player who has come through our ranks and I feel very strongly we shouldn’t be losing our own players.
“I have not spoken to him about that (his contract) but I will be doing.
“I’d love him to sit down and have a cup of tea with me and discuss the possibility of signing and staying here because we love him and I know he loves Everton as well.
“I want everyone to come together and hopefully we can thrash something out with Ross.”