Martino undecided on extending Deulofeu loan
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has denied any decision has be made on whether Gerard Deulofeu will be spending another season on loan at Everton.
The 19-year-old joined the Premier League side on a season-long loan during the summer and has begun his career in England with some impressive performances.
The winger scored a spectacular late equaliser for the Toffees against Arsenal on Sunday and after the match Everton manager Roberto Martinez hinted Deulofeu may stay for another year.
However, while Martinez is eager to hold onto the Barcelona star, Martino has said it is too early to say whether Deulofeu will remain on Merseyside.
"He is showing the quality he has as a footballer and Barcelona obviously have an obligation to keep an eye on those players that are loaned out.
"If you ask me do I think he is a great player I would say yes, but there is no decision yet with respect to the players on loan [for next season],” said Martino.
A more pressing concern for the Barcelona boss is his team’s Champions League encounter with Celtic at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.
Barca require a point to guarantee top spot in Group H, whilst Neil Lennon’s side cannot even qualify for the Europa League knockout stages.
Despite this, Martino does not want a repeat of the lacklustre 2-1 defeat to Ajax in the competition two weeks ago.
"We need to finish first in the group and we need a good performance tomorrow,” said the Argentine.
"For us all the games are have consequences, much more negative consequences than positive ones.
"The situation is the similar to the one we had before the Ajax match and as we saw that game had a lot of negative reaction so we have to be attentive.
"I imagine it will be a game where we have a lot of possession 30 metres from the Celtic goal so we have to be precise and quick in our movement of the ball and try to prevent them from counter-attacking."
Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta return to Martino's match-day squad, having been rested for the 4-1 win over Cartagena in the Copa del Rey.
Brazilian Neymar is also expected to start having been an unused substitute at the weekend, but Cesc Fabregas is suspended and joins the injured Dani Alves, Lionel Messi and Victor Valdes on the sidelines.