Moyes confident of keeping Barkley

Barkley is reported to be wanted by clubs like Chelsea and Manchester CityDavid Moyes is unshakeable in his belief that Everton can hold onto their latest young Ross Barkley after the teenager was linked with a move to Chelsea and Manchester United.

Since making his debut at the start of the season the 17-year-old has seen his stock rise and Toffee’s supporters are worried they could lose him in a similar manner to Wayne Rooney who left Goodison Park for Old Trafford in 2004 aged just 18.

However Moyes has insisted that doesn’t need to happen again and with talks over a long-term deal already underway with the playmaker to ward away the Premier League vultures that are currently circling.

The Scot said: “Every club will want Ross as he is going to be an outstanding player,”

“I’m worried it will be a difficulty for us in the future.

“If someone comes for Ross I’ve always said it it’s expensive to buy off Everton. If you’re going to come and try to take our better players we don’t sell cheap, that’s for sure.

“I’m sure the bigger clubs will be looking at him, but we’ve no intention of selling. I think we’ve got the team to carry Ross. The club is in a much better position (than with Rooney).” He added.

“Can we carry someone like Ross now? Of course we can. Maybe when we had Wayne I didn’t think we could hang on to someone of that talent, at that period.”

Despite Moyes’ insistence that Barkley is staying on Merseyside for the foreseeable future should the club receive a lucrative offer for him it’s thought chairman Bill Kenwright would struggle to turn it down considering the financial situation at Goodison.

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