Roberto Martinez open to keeping Gerard Deulofeu

Barca defender Gerard Deulofeu in action against Mallorca on April 6, 2013
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Roberto Martinez reveals that on-loan winger Gerard Deulofeu could extend his stay at Everton beyond this season.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has refused to rule out extending the deal of Gerard Deulofeu.

The 19-year-old, who scored in the League Cup this week, is currently on loan from Barcelona.

The Toffees boss admits that a permanent deal is unlikely, but reveals that Everton could keep the Spaniard beyond this season.

"We can take him for a longer period," Martinez told reporters. "I don't think it's an option to take him permanently because the hopes in Barcelona are huge for him, but with him being such a young man, perhaps we could extend for a further year.

"The deal is performance based, so depending on how many games he plays, financially there is a difference. It decreases if he plays more."

Everton take on Cardiff City in the Premier League this afternoon.

Roberto Martinez of Everton looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Everton at Carrow Road on August 17, 2013
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