England midfielder Ross Barkley has told his club Everton FC that he wants to play in the Champions League.
The 23-year old rising star has less than 14 months left on his current deal. Sky Sports reported that the Three Lions player told Goodison Park that he has serious ambitions of competing with the best payers on the continent.
There have been reports that Man United and Chelsea want the native star in their lineup. The Toffees boss Ronald Koeman revealed that Barkley has issues with the current ambitions of his boyhood club.
“I spoke to Ross several weeks ago and he mentioned his ambition, Champions League, and I told him I have the same ambition,”Koeman said.
The Merseyside manager tried convincing the player that the club was on that same path. He said Barkley was a key player and a home grown talent of the club.
“I think it’s a normal ambition for players, every player and manager wants to play in the Champions League. Our next step is to play in Europe, it may be difficult. If we finish fifth or sixth that will be perfect because you don’t play any pre qualification games for Europe,” Koeman said.
Everton are seventh on the Premier League log. With the current happenings, their best bet would be for United to drop points so they can steal the sixth position. However, Everton would likely have to go through the qualifiers to get an European spot next season.
Ross himself was a victim of unprovoked attack in a Liverpool bar recently. A staff recorded the incident and uploaded it online for viewers but was subsequently reported dismissed for the action. The player was hit in the face after their Leicester City victory but he did not sustain a major injury. He was even in training the next day.