Sam Allardyce, the new Everton manager, has admitted there’s little he can do to stop midfielder Ross Barkley from leaving the club.
The English boss has been unable to use the attacking midfielder, who has been sidelined since the summer and could lose the player before getting the chance.
Barkley, who is a target of London clubs, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, sees his contract with Everton run out in the summer and will be able to negotiate with other clubs in January.
Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for the player, who was rumoured to be heading to the club which resulted in some very unusual situations on summer deadline day.
It was reported in the media that Barkley was undergoing a medical at Stamford Bridge, before it was again suddenly reported he had pulled out of the deal.
Everton and the player have denied ever being close to a deal but it was a very frustrating moment for Chelsea as they appeared to be blindsided.
Now, Allardyce has said he cannot prevent the player leaving the club as there has been no talk of a new deal for the player, who apparently had a falling out with axed boss Ronald Koeman. The manager has however admitted that when fit he will not shy away from playing Barkley who is still viewed as one of the best talents in English football.