Everton's Ross Barkley "confident" of getting chance under Roberto Martinez

Ross Barkley admits that he always felt "confident" that he would break into the Everton first team under manager Roberto Martinez.

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has admitted that he felt "confident" of breaking into the first team under manager Roberto Martinez.

The Spanish boss, who arrived at Goodison Park as David Moyes's replacement in the summer, has kept faith with the 20-year-old, who has put in a number of impressive performances for the Toffees so far this season.

"I knew when I heard Martinez was coming in I'd get my chance this season," Barkley told the Liverpool Echo. "I'd seen the way he was with Callum McManaman and James McCarthy at Wigan, that he gives young players their chance.

"I knew I was the type of player to suit him because he's a really tactical manager who likes to build up the play. So I felt confident this could be the season I'd break through."

Martinez has stated today that the midfielder is yet to sign a new deal.

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