Barkley sticks with Toffees

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Ross Barkley has signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal at Goodison Park.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea were reported to be tracking the 18-year-old midfielder's progress.

Chairman Bill Kenwright said: "We are pleased but not at all surprised that Ross has agreed his first long-term contract with the club." Barkley, who made his senior debut in the opening game of the season against Queens Park Rangers, agreed his first professional contract shortly after his 17th birthday but could only sign a long-term deal once he turned 18 earlier this month. Everton have also re-signed LA Galaxy striker Landon Donovan on loan.

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