Gerard Deulofeu hoping to stay at Everton despite Barcelona clause

Gerard Deulofeu has declared that he wants to stay with Everton even if Barcelona try to activate a buyout clause in his contract.

The winger left the Spanish champions to move to Goodison Park on a permanent deal in July, a year after completing a successful season-long loan stint with the Toffees.

However, when agreeing to sell Deulofeu, Barca insisted that they had the option to buy him back for €9 million -- around £6.3m -- at the end of this season.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez confirmed the existence of the clause last week, adding that there was nothing he could do to stop the 21-year-old leaving if it was triggered.

But Deulofeu, who spent last season on loan in Spain with Sevilla before securing a return to England, insisted he was happy to stay.

He said: "I am so happy to be staying here for a long time.

"When I was here the first time, I loved Everton, and now I've come back. I hope to stay here for a lot of years."

Deulofeu has been one of Everton's key players this season, scoring two goals and providing eight assists.