San Mames

Next Game

Ath Bilbao v Barcelona

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 22:00

Spanish Supercopa

Martinez keen to keep winger

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed that he is open to extending the loan of Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu until 2015.

Last Updated: 31/08/13 at 11:55 Post Comment

Gerard Deulofeu: Impressing the Goodison Park faithful already

Gerard Deulofeu: Impressing the Goodison Park faithful already

The 19-year-old is in contention for his first Premier League start when Everton take on Cardiff on Saturday, just days after he made a scoring debut in the Capital One Cup win over Stevenage.

Already impressed, Martinez says there is a possibility of extending the loan agreement into a second season.

He said in the Daily Star: "We can take him for a longer period.

"I don't think it is an option to take him permanently because the hopes in Barcelona are huge for him, but with him being such a young man, perhaps we could extend it for a further year."

Martinez, who replaced David Moyes at Goodison Park in the summer, has also confirmed that the deal is beneficial to the club in many ways.

He added: "The deal is performance based, so, depending on how many games he plays, financially there is a difference. It decreases if he plays more."

The former Wigan boss has been impressed with the Spain Under-21 international's ability to quickly adapt to the English game and believes the style of play suits the youngster.

"I agree that he could really thrive in the English game," Martinez added.

"He is an old-fashioned winger who is incredible in one-on-one situations. He is a finisher, but he needs to get used to it and change some habits."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Palace confirm Cabaye talks

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has confirmed the club are in talks to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

Tottenham 'agree' Alderweireld deal

Tottenham have agreed a deal for Atletico Madrid central defender Toby Alderweireld, according to reports in Italy.

Liverpool linked with Balde Diao swap

Liverpool are in talks with Lazio over a player-plus-cash deal for striker Keita Balde Diao, according to reports in Italy.

Mail Box

Has Everyone Forgotten About Khedira?

Sami Khedira is one of the signings of the summer and yet he's flown completely under the radar. Plus Dommy S's views of women's football get a right old shoeing...

Women's Success Won't Alter Viewing Habits

The Women's World Cup hasn't inspired everyone. Also in the Mailbox: a plastic's guide to Brazil, Nani regrets, tears over Henry, and The Beach Boys...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company