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Martinez Calm On Barry Future

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Roberto Martinez is happy to allow Gareth Barry to concentrate on his football before worrying about his future at the end of the season.

The midfielder signed on loan for Everton from Manchester City on the final day of the summer transfer window and has been a standout performer for the Blues ever since.

His loan runs until the close of the current campaign, when he will also be out of contract at City.

Martinez, though, wants the player to concentrate first and foremost on his football - with future talks on the back-burner.

The Toffees boss said: "It's very, very clear with Gareth. All we wanted at the beginning of the season was to allow Gareth to have a big, big role at Everton.

"First, guiding the youngsters through and helping them along, especially Ross Barkley and James McCarthy playing in the centre of midfield.

"Then, after that, it was for Gareth to carry on with the level that he's shown in the last few years."

And the 32-year-old has responded, showing the type of calm and commanding performances that have seen him rack up over 50 international caps.

"I still think he's a very, very experienced player but he's at a very young age in terms of the way that he is physically," continued Martinez.

"It's a situation that I want to just let go. I want Gareth to carry on enjoying his football and then at the end of the season it will be time to sit down and assess how his season has gone. I couldn't be happier with the manner that Gareth has been performing and (he's been) setting incredible, incredible levels."

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