Stuart Pearce: 'Ross Barkley should ignore Manchester City interest'

Stuart Pearce speaks to members of the media during a press conference after being unveiled as the new Nottingham Forest Manager at the City Ground on April 03, 2014
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Stuart Pearce urges Everton's Ross Barkley to "sit tight" at the Toffees after reported interest from Manchester City.

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has called for Ross Barkley to "sit tight" at Everton, despite reported interest from Manchester City.

The 20-year-old is said to be attracting the attention of the champions, but Pearce has doubts about a move to the Etihad next summer.

The ex-England Under-21 boss used former Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell as an example of how a switch to City does not always work out for talented youngsters.'

He told talkSPORT: "Jack Rodwell went to Manchester City and never really featured.

"My advice to Ross would be, 'sit tight, you've got a manager [in Roberto Martinez] who backs good young players.

"You'll always have the option to move away [at a later date] if your form is good."

Barkley is currently out injured with a knee problem.

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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