Jacob Butterfield is set to decide where he will play football next season in the next few days and says only an offer from a Premier League outfit will prevent him signing for Barnsley.
The star midfielder’s contract expires tomorrow and he claims he has interest from a host of top flight clubs. But if no official offer comes in from a Premier League outfit, Butterfield is expected to sign a new two-year deal at Oakwell.
This is major turnaround from earlier in the year when the 22-year-old claimed he had played his last game for Barnsley.
“There should be developments over the next few days but I can’t go into details at the moment,” the 22-year-old told the Chronicle.
“I’ve said all along that I want to make the step up and play in the Premier League, it’s where I’ve wanted to play since I was a little boy. If that doesn’t happen then I don’t want to play for another Championship team – I’m happy at Barnsley. In terms of Championship football I don’t see myself anywhere other than Barnsley.”
One factor that could keep Butterfield at Oakwell is his strong relationship with Reds boss Keith Hill.
The manager says that he expects Butterfield to make his decision in the near future but does not want to put any pressure on the player he considers to be the best midfielder in the Championship.
“The next two or three weeks will be a critical time in Jacob’s decision-making process,” Hill told the Chronicle.
“Some clubs have already started their pre-season and most others are about to start so he will probably have to make a decision soon. He needs to find a home and we have offered him one a Barnsley.
“I have a strong reltationship with him and he would develop here as a player. But I am not going to put pressure on him. You don’t give deadlines to important people. I don’t want to be aggressive in negotiations. Jacob is exercising his right to look at what is out there.”