Barkley to Liverpool Speculation is Amusing, says Everton Boss Martinez

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has waved off rumours that his side’s young and rising midfielder Ross Barkley could make his move to rivals Liverpool.

The 20-year-old midfielder has been in mercurial form this season for the Toffees, proving pivotal in the English club’s campaign to seek a top-four finish and a Champions League berth in the process.

Such talent already drew attention from Manchester United in the pre-season, with the Red Devils alleged to have made a £50m to snap up the wonderkid – but Everton turned the offer down. Now Martinez is simple dubbing Liverpool’s offer – thought to be £38m – as nothing more than “enjoyable”.

“In terms of the speculation, we already turned down a £50million bid from United so we’re not going to take £38million from Liverpool,” Martinez told The Independent.

“It’s quite enjoyable to speak about speculation, I think it shows how well our players are doing and those are the type of football compliments that we want coming our way,” the Spaniard added.

Barkley’s ascent to his current status stems from his great passing and intricate footwork on the pitch, which puts him in the centre of Everton’s new playing style under Martinez.

Barkley has a contract with Everton that is set to run until 2016.

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