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Barkley signs new four-year deal

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Clive Brunskill

Everton have confirmed that midfielder Ross Barkley has signed a new four-year contract with the club.

The news was announced at a hastily arranged press conference on Tuesday, with speculation abound as to what would be announced.

The transfer of Romelu Lukaku was quickly ruled out, but supporters speculated as to whether the press conference would announce plans for a new stadium, new investment or maybe even a new signing.

In the end, a little after 4pm, new emerged that Barkley had committed his future to the club until 2018.

Signing a new contract is a dream. I've played for Everton most of my life. This is a big thing for me.

It didn't take any persuading. As soon as I got told about it I wanted to sign.

It puts to bed speculation that Barkley would leave the club during this transfer window, with Manchester City and even Liverpool linked with a move for the player.

He is also the latest squad member to commit his long-term future to the club, joining the likes of Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman.

The news was obviously well received by the supporters, though some felt that the press conference and hype surrounding it was disproportionate to the news that was announced - not many clubs make such a fuss over new contract. However, we can't be too negative over a new deal for one of the club's best talents.

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