Roberto Martinez: 'No buyout clause for Ross Barkley'

Everton's Ross Barkley celebrates after scoring the opening goal against QPR during their FA Cup third round match on January 4, 2013
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Roberto Martinez insists that none of his Everton squad have buyout clauses in their contracts - including the in-demand Ross Barkley.

Roberto Martinez has revealed that in-demand Ross Barkley does not have a buyout clause in his Everton contract.

The 20-year-old midfielder only signed a four-year extension in July but continues to court interest, with Chelsea and Manchester City reportedly preparing summer bids.

When asked if the youngster had a release clause in his existing deal, Martinez told The Daily Mail: "No, there are no buy-out clauses in any of the contracts. The only one was with Marouane [Fellaini] and that wasn't triggered, so it didn't matter."

The Toffees manager went on to claim that he was happy with the speculation linking the youngster with a move away because it is indicative of his form.

He added: "All the speculation and talk is positive. Because you don't get any of that when your players are not playing well or they haven't got potential."

The England international is contracted to the Goodison Park club until 2018.

Everton's Ross Barkley celebrates after scoring the opening goal against QPR during their FA Cup third round match on January 4, 2013
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