Barkley signs new four-year Everton contract

The midfielder enjoyed a stellar breakthrough season under Roberto Martinez to earn a call-up to England's World Cup squad and will now reportedly triple his salary.
Ross Barkley has signed at new four-year contract at Everton, the club have announced.

Goal reported in June that the club had entered discussions with the player about increasing his 24,000 euro-a-week deal after a breakthrough season under Roberto Martinez.

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Barkley scored six goals in 34 Premier League appearances to earn a call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad for the World Cup and attract interest from Manchester United.

"He brings back the memories of the big legends and the big players that we've had at the football club, but saying that he's still a young man and his best years are still to come," Martinez told reporters.

Barkley said it was an easy decision: "It didn't take any persuading. As soon as I got told about it I wanted to sign.

"Over the coming seasons we want to push on and hopefully get into the Champions League. We've got ambitions and goals.

When asked if he could imagine life away from Everton, Barkley said: "I never think about it."

"I've always looked up to Wayne Rooney coming through at Everton and playing for England at a young age. It's a great club," he added.

Barkley's new deal will reportedly see him earn more than three times his original salary after agreeing to a €82,000-a-week offer running until 2018.