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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Rooney set for talks with Everton boss

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney is set for talks with manager Ronald Koeman when Everton return to training next week after the striker was charged with drink-driving.

Players not on international duty are scheduled to be back at the club's Finch Farm training complex tomorrow after a few days' break. The Toffees boss will speak to the 31-year-old at that point about his arrest in the early hours of Friday and pending court appearance.

Koeman has been impressed with Rooney's attitude since he re-signed for the club from Manchester United in July after a 13-year absence and the former England captain is known to have already had a positive effect in the dressing room.

However, that is unlikely to protect him from a dressing down from Koeman.

Another player who should be expecting a call into the manager's office is Ross Barkley.

The 23-year-old, currently sidelined after a grade three hamstring tear which is likely to keep him out until well into next month, pulled out of a £35million move to Chelsea at the last minute on deadline day.

Barkley is in the final year of his contract and after refusing the offer of a lucrative new deal at the end of last season, Koeman decided the midfielder had to be sold.

After various accounts of what transpired were published, Barkley took to Twitter on Saturday to state: "Contrary to a number of reports in the press, I did not undertake a medical with any club at any point. I simply decided that due to my injury, it would be best to make a decision on my future and assess all my options in January when fully fit."

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