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Everton may extend Deulofeu stay

August 31, 2013
By ESPN staff

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says the club may look at extending on-loan Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu’s stay at Goodison Park.

Gerard Deulofeu
EmpicsGerard Deulofeu scored on his Everton debut.

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Deulofeu, 19, who joined the Toffees on a season-long loan during the summer, scored on his debut for the club in the Capital One Cup win over Stevenage on Wednesday.

And having liked what he has seen of the youngster so far, Martinez says Everton could choose to keep him for another season.

"We can take him for a longer period," he said in the Daily Star. "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 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."

And the former Wigan manager feels that Deulofeu will only get better as he gets used to the English game.

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

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