Martinez in no rush to offer midfielder extension.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said that there is no need to rush into talks with midfielder Gareth Barry over an extension to his loan deal at the club and will plan to sit down with the former England man at the end of the season, Sky Sports reports.
The experienced midfielder will spend the campaign on loan at Goodison Park after agreeing a switch from Manchester City where found himself falling further down the pecking order following Manuel Pellegrini’s summer spending spree.
Barry is out of contract at the Etihad next summer as he has now entered the final year of his deal there, meaning he will be on the lookout for new employers at the end of the current campaign.
And whilst Martinez believes he has seen enough from the 32-year-old to suggest that a prolonged deal could be in the pipeline, he has insisted that there is no rush to hammer out a deal now and will wait until May before sitting down with him to discuss the future.
Barry is here until the end of the season, that cannot be affected.
“All we want is for him to enjoy his football and to be effective for Everton and then we will take it from there.
“We are blessed with quality in the squad. We don’t want to lose any player, but there is a chance now for others in the squad. Then we will assess in January.”
Martinez also stated that he believes there is enough time for the player to force his way back into the England team in time for the World Cup next year.
“When you get to work with someone who has played more than 500 Premier League games, you know that they don’t need any extra motivation to be at their best.
“I don’t think it makes any difference if he sees he has an opportunity to play for England again or not.
“But I see the standards he brings on a daily basis and see Gareth as a very, very valuable option for England.
“Only time will tell, but what he brings onto the pitch is very difficult to find. You don’t get many options where you have someone of that experience, know-how and tactical awareness.”