Chelsea complete signing of Ross Barkley from Everton for £15million

08 January, 2018, 03:43 | Author: Cary Erickson
  • Ross Barkley to join Chelsea? ‘He must prove he’s still the player he was’ says former Everton star Leon Osman

Barkley joined Everton as an 11-year-old in 2005 and has made 150 Premier League appearances for the Merseyside club. Barkley, whose Everton contract was due to end in the summer, is believed to have cost the Premier League champions around £15m.

Barkley's assertions also contradicted the public comments of Everton Owner Farhad Moshiri, who maintained that Barkley opted out of joining Chelsea at the last minute, right after under going his medical tests at the Blues Cobham training ground.

Barkley will wear the number eight shirt, formerly worn by Chelsea legend Frank Lampard and Oscar.

But I firmly believe, if Barkley puts in the work, he will become one of Chelsea and England's brightest stars. "I'm looking forward to continuing where I left off at the end of last season and hoping to improve and add more goals to my game". It is thought he is nearing a return to fitness, while the Telegraph further notes that Barkley has been impressed by Chelsea's persistence.

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"For Chelsea also it would be positive to buy English players because we lost important players like John Terry, Frank Lampard from this club, this country". He has good prospects for Chelsea.

"He's very young, I think he has a lot of space for improvement, he's very strong physically with good technique", Conte told Chelsea's website.

Conte urged caution over expectations for Barkley. "I have to still see him and then we have the opportunity to work together and understand how much time he needs [until he makes his debut]". Barkley is in the final six-months of his contract at Everton and will thus leave on the cheap with Everton deciding to cash in rather than losing the player in the summer for nothing.

The England global sealed a £15m transfer to Chelsea to become Antonio Conte's first signing of the January transfer window.

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