Ross Barkley not for sale at any price, says Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez has warned Ross Barkley's potential suitors that even a bid equivalent to the astronomical figure paid by Real Madrid for Gareth Bale will not prompt Everton to let the youngster leave Goodison Park.

updated: December 24, 2013 18:16 IST
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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has claimed that his club would not sell breakthrough Premier League star Ross Barkley even if they received a world-record offer for him.

Barkley, 20, has been one of the most impressive performers during the first half of the season and hit the headlines again on Sunday when his fine late free-kick gave Everton a 2-1 win at Swansea City.

The midfielder made his England debut in September and is being tipped for a place in the squad for next year's World Cup, while Martinez has compared him favourably with Michael Ballack and Paul Gascoigne.

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