Everton manager, Roberto Martinez, says Everton’s young starlet, Ross Barkley, is not for sale in the January transfer window.
The 20-year-old made the headlines after his brilliant free-kick winner against Swansea on Sunday and is continuously rumoured with a move to one of England’s top clubs.
The Everton boss has described Barkley as “a diamond” and is determined to keep the England international at Goodison Park.
Martinez told the Daily Mirror: “Even if we got a Gareth Bale size offer we would never even consider it in January.
“Ross is an icon for us. He represents everything we are trying to do this season, so even if a stupid offer arrived in January it would never affect us.
“It is important for us as a football club to show we are making the right decisions.
“There is no question mark over Ross's future, he is in the best moment of his time and is everything we want a player to represent at Everton.
Barkley joined Everton as an 11-year-old and has made his first-team debut under David Moyes. He made his England debut in September 2013 and still has a contract until June 2016.
He scored three goals and assisted two this season to help Everton to a great league start. The Toffees are currently in fifth spot, just two points behind Christmas leaders Liverpool and Roberto Martinez' managerial progress is monitored by Catalan giants FC Barcelona.
But his coach is adamant in his effort to shut down any potential transfer speculation.
“There is not even a question mark against whether he is going to be here in February or not," Martinez added.
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