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Ronald Koeman admits he is not confident Ross Barkley will still be an Everton player next season

Ronald Koeman and Ross Barkley have not always seen eye to eye. Photo: PA

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is not confident Ross Barkley will stay at Goodison Park and says he is "looking for players in that position".

Barkley has one year to run on his current contract, but is yet to pen an extension.

Koeman said last week that the 23-year-old would be sold if he did not sign a new contract by the end of this weekend.

Asked on Friday if he was confident the England international would stay, Koeman said: "No.

Ross Barkley could be set for a summer departure. Credit: PA

"I spoke to the player, the board spoke to his agent. I don't know if he won't give an answer. I don't know.

"We will go on and we're looking for players in that position. If he stays there will be more competition.

"I am not worried because I like to work with players who like to play.

"If you offer a player a new contract, and a good contract, that means you want to keep the player."