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Chelsea sign Everton midfielder Barkley

08 January, 2018, 03:43 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • The 24-year-old completed the move to West London on Friday and will wear the No 8 shirt

Defeat to Arsenal in May was the last Toffees appearance for Everton academy graduate Barkley, who made 150 Premier League appearances for the club and scored 21 goals.

The England global nearly joined the Premier League champions in the summer, only for the transfer to collapse at the last minute.

Barkley's future was cast into doubt this past summer after he failed to agree to a new deal at Everton amid the arrivals of Wayne Rooney, Davy Klaassen and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Antonio Conte has described Ross Barkley as a "good prospect" for Chelsea after midfielder completed a move to the defending champions from Everton on Friday evening.

Barkley's statement on Chelsea's official website reads: "I'm overwhelmed, I'm looking forward to it and I'm really excited to get started".

Understandably, the 24-year-old wanted more time to consider his options, especially seeing as he would not have been fit to feature for his new club until the turn of the year.




"For sure we're talking about a young player, an English player", said Conte.

Conte urged caution over expectations for Barkley. He possesses outstanding technical and physical attributes, matched with good experience of the Premier League and a strong desire to succeed at the highest level. Ross Barkley is a Chelsea player, good luck to him.

But the Blues have now got their man, with Barkley signing a five-and-a-half-year contract to wrap up his switch to Stamford Bridge.

He now has a great chance to become a key player for one of the biggest clubs in Europe and England. I'm back in training, I'm doing everything as normal and I'm very close to being ready to play games.

"He's a good prospect but it's very important to understand when he can recover from his injury". This player has not played in seven months. We welcome him to the club and look forward to seeing him in action'.

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