Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Ex-England coach McClaren: Chelsea a great move for Barkley

Ex-England coach McClaren: Chelsea a great move for Barkley

Barkley, who is out of contract at Everton at the end of the season, famously had the chance to join Chelsea in the summer in a £35m deal.

Barkley made 150 Premier League appearances for the Merseyside club.

Tottenham - who have often been mooted as potential suitors for Barkley - had been expected to reignite the interest they showed in the player last summer but ultimately chose to focus their attention elsewhere, according to Sky Sports.

Ross Barkley has signed for Chelsea from Everton, the Premier League champions have announced.

Speculation had been rife that Barkley even travelled to Chelsea for a medical only to change his mind at the last moment, news he denied.

Upon signing for Chelsea, Barkley told Chelsea's website: 'I'm overwhelmed, I'm looking forward to it and I'm really excited to get started.

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The 24-year-old will provide competition for the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater in central midfield but Conte insists it will be a while before we see the best of the player in a Chelsea shirt. 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'.

"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's a good prospect.

Conte urged caution over expectations for Barkley. "He is very strong physically and has good technique", Conte added.

While personally I'm not all that enthused about Barkley as a player, the price, if Law is correct, could be as low as £15m, which is absolute peanuts in today's market, especially for a young, homegrown player who a few years ago was going to be the next greatest thing.

"He had a bad injury, he had surgery and he hasn't played for seven months".

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