The England international refused a move to Chelsea on the last day of the close-season.
Ross Barkley still has future at Goodison Park, according to Ronald Koeman. Barkley will have no contract with the Toffees at the end of the season, meaning a move to Chelsea appeared to be the normal thing to do.
However, the 23-year-old insisted he wanted to stay at Everton until he is back to full fitness, possibly hinting an exit in January.
Meanwhile Everton’s head coach Koeman said he would never hesitate to include Ross Barkley in the squad once he is back to 100 %.Match Preview: Everton vs Manchester City Boro Tanchev – Manchester City travel to Liverpool this weekend, but don’t get that much excited because it is Everton who they are visiting in the seventh Premier League round.
“Of course it was a strange last day of the transfer window but I don’t think it was only that for Everton but for most of the Premier League clubs,” Koeman told a media conference as quoted by Goal.
“Ross also came to see me last Tuesday and he explained to me why he turned down the chance to go to Chelsea. That is private.
“He was open to making a move to another club and I heard from the board that there was an agreement between Chelsea and Everton.
“But finally the decision was by the player. And that was what happened at that time.”