That is because the Daily Express confirm that the youngster has turned his back on some of Europe’s elite to commit his future to the Toffees.
England international Barkley’s newly-signed four-year deal is thought to be worth £65,000 per week and comes as a massive boost to Roberto Martinez’s future plans.
And now confirmation of the new deal will put an end to relentless transfer speculation that has surrounded Barkley this summer and transfer windows of recent memory.
Claims of a £40 million move to Manchester City and a swap deal involving Chelsea and Romelu Lukaku were just a couple of the rumours doing the rounds.
Boyhood Evertonian Barkley enjoyed a true breakthrough season under Martinez last term and it saw him rewarded with a place in Roy Hodgson’s England World Cup squad this summer.
Toffees fans will now be hoping that the club can finally complete a move for Chelsea youngster Romelu Lukaku in the coming days with the latest reports suggesting the deal is getting ever closer to completion.
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