Everton latest: Barkley compares Moyes to Martinez, new contracts lined up

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Former Everton boss David Moyes is coming under increasing pressure at Manchester United after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson last summer, and Toffees midfielder Ross Barkley has had his say on the Scot, comparing him to the current Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

He [Martinez] is similar to David Moyes as they both like to take over the training session and be the main man,” Barkley said.

“But Martinez is more tactical. We do a lot more tactical work which is good for me because I’m young and still learning. Martinez has come in and given everyone confidence. He’s a positive man and doesn’t say anything negative," he added.

Martinez has been praised for his work with the club this season, largely for the style of football being played on Merseyside, and the Spaniard insisted that no matter who his team player, they will not change their philosophy of attractive passing football.

"Both West Ham and Cardiff had a solid structure behind the ball but our patience allowed us to find a way through eventually and we were rewarded with the three points," he said.

"We could have put 30 crosses into the box in the hope that one would land but you are relying on luck. Sometimes you can nick a win by doing that but it isn’t going to help you in the next few months of the competition," added Martinez.

Meanwhile, a large part of the success at Goodison Park this season has been the contributions of some of the younger players, but with their impressive displays attracting the interest of other Premier League sides, and Martinez has insisted that the club will offer new deals to some of their key players.

“We won’t offer encouragement to any club over Seamus. He is on a long-term contract and we want to ensure we grow together and we need players like Seamus,” said the former Wigan boss. “Yes, it is the intention to offer him a new contract. We are already thinking about Seamus, Ross (Barkley) and John Stones. We want to reward them, even James McCarthy."

“That is something we will look at this summer. They are players with long-term contracts. It is not a decision just to keep them at the club; it just highlights the next step of their development and rewards them for their performances," he added.

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