Everton manager Roberto Martinez explained in the Liverpool Echo why defender Luke Garbutt may not sign a new contract with the club.
The Spaniard has confirmed that the club are close on terms over a new deal for the 21-year-old, but has suggested both parties need to have a discussion over the next stage of his career.
“We are very close (on terms) but for Luke, it is more about sitting down at the end of this season and seeing what is best for the next step in his career,” said the boss.
Garbutt should get some game time between now and the end of the season because Leighton Baines and Bryan Oviedo are both unavailable.
If he does have the desire to stay at Goodison Park, it’s an opportunity for him to step up and show why he can be a key component of the Everton defence moving forward.
However, if he’s already made his mind up that he’s going to get more regular playing time elsewhere, that’s something that he can stress to the club in those future meetings.
That would leave the manager with some work to do in the transfer market, because he may feel that he needs an extra option across his backline as well as someone who forms an obvious long term choice for that position.