Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has been one of the best players in the Premier league since the start of the season. Even though Everton have not been exactly great during this period, Barkley has caught the attention of many clubs around Europe. He has been subjected to links with Chelsea and Manchester City in the past, but he has rejected those advances to stay at Everton. Now, the 21-year-old has said that it was Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard who made him stay at Everton.

According to Barkley, Gerrard said that the young midfielder was at a crucial stage in his career where he needed to play regularly in order to improve as a player. Since he will not get the same if he moves to a big club, Gerrard has advised him to remain at Goodison Park. Everton’s sale of key players like Marouane Fellaini in the summer is expected to improve the chances of Barkley even more. Recently, Chelsea manager José Mourinho said that he wants to sign Barkley, who he feels is one of the best young English players around.

Gerrard has spent his whole career at Liverpool winning numerous trophies including the Champions league. However, it is quite conceivable one-day that Barkley will be sold one-day due to the financial problems at Everton.

“He [Gerrard] said the big hitters are going to be looking at me but the main thing for me is to stay with the club I’m at, the team I support and love. I was a bit star-struck when I first joined up [with the England squad] but Steven was good to me when I was away. I sat next to him on the coach and he gave me loads of advice. He [Gerrard] told me I’m from Liverpool, a local lad playing for the team I support, and there is nothing better,” said Barkley.