David Moyes: It will be hard to hold on to Ross Barkley

Moyes: It will be hard to hold on to Barkley
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Everton manager David Moyes admits that it will be hard to hold on to teenage starlet Ross Barkley if a big club comes in for him.

Everton manager David Moyes has admitted that it will be difficult to keep hold of teenager Ross Barkley.

The 17-year-old has recently been linked with the Premier League's big three of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.

"Every club will want Ross as he is going to be an outstanding player," said Moyes. "I'm worried it will be a difficulty for us in the future.

"If you're going to come and try to take our better players we don't sell cheap, that's for sure."

The young midfielder's talent has been likened to that of Manchester United's former Everton teenager Wayne Rooney, who left Goodison Park in 2004.

"Can we carry someone like Ross now? Of course we can," Moyes continued. "Maybe when we had Wayne I didn't think we could hang onto someone of that talent, at that period."

Barkley has already made three appearances at under-21 level for England.

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