Everton latest: Barkley warned off exit, Tottenham outcast targeted

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Everton's superb season under Roberto Martinez means that the Toffees will now be competing in the Europa League next season, and whilst the campaign ended on a slightly disappointing note having missed out on Champions League football, left back Leighton Baines says that the club deserved their fifth place finish.

"I think we can all be quite happy with the way things have gone," Baines said. "Getting back in Europe is a step in the right direction and it’s what we all wanted. It’s what we probably deserve as well. We have played well enough to have earned that We were clinging to the hope of reaching the Champions League so to have that in the first season under a new manager shows where we are at," continued the England international.

Part of Everton's success this term has been the superb displays of midfielder Ross Barkley. The 20-year-old capped off a fine campaign with a place in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer, but bigger Premier League sides are now eyeing up a move for him - prompting former Toffees midfielder Lee Carsley to warn Barkley off making the same mistake as Jack Rodwell did in 2012.

"Martinez is spot-on to suggest that Goodison Park is the perfect place for Ross Barkley," said Carsley. "He’s an Evertonian, the fans love him and the club stuck by him during his injuries which I’m sure he’ll always be grateful for. Obviously if Ross makes a big impact with England at the World Cup this summer we’ll get all the inevitable transfer gossip rumours but the truth is that Ross would be better off staying at Everton and I reckon he’s clever enough to realise that."

"The grass is not always greener. A couple of years ago Jack Rodwell was a top Premier League midfielder with Everton who had just broken into the England team. I know he’s had injuries but I haven’t heard of him since he went to Manchester City," added Carsley.

Whether Barkley leaves or not, Martinez will no doubt be looking to add another midfielder with Gareth Barry's future also up in the air. The latest name to be linked with a move to Merseyside is Tottenham's Moussa Dembele, who has been out of favour at White Hart Lane for some time. The former Fulham star will be joined in the Belgium squad this summer by Everton's Kevin Mirallas - who could be used to persuade Dembele to move to Goodison Park.

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