Everton won't decide on Barry's future until the summer

Gareth Barry is out of contract in the summer. Photo: PA

Everton manager Roberto Martinez trusts midfielder Gareth Barry to make the right call when his loan spell expires at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old's impressive form at Goodison Park, having been deemed surplus to requirements at Manchester City, has started to attract interest from other clubs with Arsenal the latest to be linked.

But while Martinez believes Barry is playing well enough for an England recall, he is confident there is no need to bring forward planned talks on the player's future ahead of a summer when he will become a free agent.

"It (speculation with other clubs) doesn't change anything. I trust him implicitly," said the Toffees boss.

"He has incredible human values. He's a person who needs to make footballing decisions.

"He's enjoyed an incredible career and is in a position that he can choose where his football happiness is going to be.

"From the beginning Gareth was a massive target of ours: he was available in the summer for other clubs and he decided to come to Everton.

"We did everything to bring him to the club and the relationship was to make sure he could go back to his very best, enjoy his football and have a big role at Everton.

"We were very clear with what we wanted from Gareth - to put him in an environment where he could be important, we could use his experience and he could enjoy his football. That was always the case for this season.

"Our agreement was in the summer we would sit down and it would be a question of what is best for Gareth.

"At the end of the season we will sit down and see if we've reached every single target we had and I'm sure Gareth is only focused on the games ahead and winning as many as we can for Everton.

"Nothing else matters. When you get interest from other parties and clubs looking at our players it is a good sign because the players are doing well and that is compliment I take with happiness."

Martinez could not be more happy with how Barry's loan deal has worked out as he has become an integral part of the manager's plans in how he wants his side to play.

He believes Barry has regained the form which should put him back in England contention, although there seems to have been no inclination from Roy Hodgson to even consider a recall.

"You saw the way he performed at the weekend (in the 1-0 defeat at Tottenham)," said the manager.

"It's a joy to have him at the club and his only focus now is to play as well as he can in every single game and I'm sure that the England squad could benefit from that level of performance.

"I enjoy working with him. He works exactly how we set out to do in the summer and I still think he's the best English player in that position.

"I'm just glad he's been able to show that at Everton, which could have a massive effect on him internationally."