Wayne Rooney wants Ross Barkley to stay at Everton
Posted: 16 July 2017 Time: 17:46
New Everton signing Wayne Rooney is hoping that Ross Barkley remains at the Premier League club as they look to bring back the glory days.
Toffees youth product Barkley has been heavily linked with a move away from Goodison Park after failing to win over his manager, Ronald Koeman.
The 23-year-old midfielder is supremely talented, but has only shown flashes of his true potential since graduating to the first team in 2010.
Koeman has reportedly lost patience with Barkley after one season at the helm, and is pursuing a deal for Swansea star Gylfi Sigurdsson.
But Rooney, who returned to his hometown club this month after 13 years at Manchester United, wants his fellow Liverpudlian to stick it out as the Merseysiders embark on a new era under the ownership of Farhad Moshiri.
"With the ability that Ross has, of course we all want him to be a part of what we're trying to achieve at Everton," United and England's all-time leading goalscorer told reporters.
"He can help us get better but the decision about his future is down to him. I'm sure he will speak to the manager and do what's right for him."
Barkley made 36 league appearances for Koeman's side last term, contributing five goals and eight assists as they finished seventh in the table.