Wayne Rooney wants Ross Barkley stay at Everton amid Tottenham speculation

England's Ross Barkley in action with Australia's Joshua Risdon

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Everton’s Ross Barkley in the summer transfer window.

Wayne Rooney has suggested to The Mirror that Ross Barkley should not leave Everton in the summer transfer window.

Barkley has been on the books of Everton his entire professional club football career so far and has a contract with the Toffees until June 2018, according to Transfermarkt.co.uk.

The England international attacking midfielder has been linked with a move away from the Merseyside outfit in the summer transfer window.

Everton's Ross Barkley scores their second goal

According to The Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing the 23-year-old and will try to secure his services before they leave for their pre-season tour of the USA.

It has also been reported that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy values the midfielder between £25m and £30m, but the Toffees want £50m for him.

Rooney, who recently returned from Everton from Manchester United, has suggested that he wants Barkley to remain at Goodison Park for the 2017-18 campaign.

“With the ability that Ross has, we all want him to be a part of what we’re trying to achieve at Everton,” Rooney told The Mirror about Barkley.

“But the decision about his future is down to him and I’m sure he’ll speak to the manager and do what’s right.”

Given the signings that Everton have already made in the summer transfer window so far, Barkley could find it hard to play regularly for the Toffees next season.

However, Tottenham have some wonderful midfielders as well, and the Englishman would have to work hard in order to cement a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting lineup.

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