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Everton to discuss Barry's future in the summer

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By Jamie Elliott

Tuesday 11 February 2014

On-loan Everton midfielder Gareth Barry will not have his future resolved until the summer, according to ESPN.

Gareth Barry

The 32-year-old joined Everton on season long loan from Manchester City in September but is out of contract with his parent club at the end of the season.

Toffees manager Roberto Martinez has admitted that he is likely to face competition for the player’s signature but he is happy to wait to resolve his future.

“When you get interest from other parties, or clubs looking at our players, it's a good sign because it means the players are doing well,” said the 40-year-old.

“It means they're enjoying their football, they're playing well. That's always a nice football compliment that I take with happiness.”

“In the summer, we'll sit down and there'll be a question of what's best for Gareth, and nothing else.”

Barry has made 20 Premier League appearances for Everton this season and has helped to put them in contention for a top five finish.

Despite not featuring on an international level since before Euro 2012, the midfielder’s form has opened up the possibility of an England recall.

“I still think that he's the best English player in that position, and I'm just glad that at Everton, he's been able to show that, at a time when it could have a massive effect for him internationally,” added Martinez.

“It's one of those situations where I'm glad that there's that sort of talk, because it means Gareth has been performing really, really well and there will be other options for him. That's something I've always been aware of.

“So I'm happy with the way it's worked out. But I feel the best for Gareth and Everton is still to come."

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