Friday 16 December 2011
Everton teenager Ross Barkley has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2016.
The midfielder, who turned 18 earlier this month, has established himself in manager David Moyes' first-team plans this season.
Chairman Bill Kenwright said: "We are pleased but obviously not at all surprised that Ross has agreed his first long-term contract with the club.
"We are pleased but obviously not at all surprised"
- Bill Kenwright
"Ross has recently talked of his commitment to Everton and his growth under the very special guidance of David Moyes, his staff and indeed our senior players. That combination of expertise can only be of benefit to any young footballer."
Barkley suffered a bad leg break with England Under-19s last season that kept him out until the summer of 2011.
But he has come back strongly this season, making five first-team appearances in the Barclays Premier League for the Merseysiders.