Roberto Martinez to wait until summer to discuss keeping Gerard Deulofeu

Everton's Gerard Deulofeu in action against Real Betis during a friendly match on August 11, 2013
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Everton boss Roberto Martinez says that he will wait until the end of the season to discuss extending Gerard Deulofeu's loan for a further season.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has claimed that he will not rush into talks with Barcelona regarding the future of loan starlet Gerard Deulofeu.

The 19-year-old, who has impressed since arriving on Merseyside from Camp Nou during the summer on a season-long loan, has an option within the deal to remain at Goodison Park on loan for a further campaign.

"Gerard is such a special footballer," Martinez said in a press conference. "His talent is there for everyone to see. Gerard has adjusted to the British game.

"Whatever happens, I hope some of his best memories are at Everton. We will sit down with Barca at the end of the season [to discuss a possible second year loan]. Not one for now."

The Spaniard received plenty of plaudits for his performance against Arsenal last weekend, when he netted the equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the Emirates.

Gary Hooper of Norwich City celebrates as he scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and West Ham on November 9, 2013
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