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Barkley signs four-year Everton extension

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Ross Barkley has extended his stay at Everton until 2018 © Getty Images
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Ross Barkley has signed a contract extension with Everton which will keep him at the club until 2018.

Barkley, 20, broke into the Everton team under Roberto Martinez last season, making 34 Premier League appearances and scoring six goals.

The midfielder's form last season saw him included in the England squad for the World Cup in Brazil, where he came off the bench in both of the 2-1 defeats to Italy and Uruguay before starting in the 0-0 draw with Costa Rica.

"Signing a new contract is a dream," Barkley told Everton's official website. "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."

Martinez added: "It's a massive signing for us. He's a player that reminds us of legends the club used to have.

"His signing is as big a signing as we could have had."

Everton are also close to signing Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea on a permanent deal, according to reports.

Martinez had said at the weekend he was confident of bringing the striker back to Goodison Park, following his loan spell at the club last season.

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