Friday, 5 January 2018

Ross Barkley Completes Move To Chelsea From Everton

Ross Barkley has signed for Chelsea from Everton, the English Premier League champions have announced.
The 24-year-old's contract at Goodison Park was due to expire at the end of the season after he rejected a new deal with the Toffees.

A move to Chelsea on transfer deadline day in August did not materialise, but Barkley has now moved to Stamford Bridge for a cut-price fee, reported to be in the region of £15million (N7 billion).

Barkley signed a five-and-a-half-year contract, which runs until 2023, and will wear the No 8 shirt.
"I'm overwhelmed, I'm looking forward to it and I'm really excited to get started," Barkley told his new club's official website.

"To be given a fresh start at a new club like Chelsea, it's unbelievable for me. 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."
The 24-year-old completed the move to West London on Friday and will wear the No 8 shirt

Director Marina Granovskaia added: "Ross is a player we have long admired and are certain he will prove to be an important player for Chelsea.

"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. We welcome him to the club and look forward to seeing him in action."
 Barkley's new manager, Antonio Conte, believes the midfielder is a sound investment

Barkley has yet to play this season due to a hamstring injury, but he is nearing match fitness and Antonio Conte believes the midfielder is a sound investment for the Blues.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea's FA Cup third round tie at Norwich on Saturday and prior to the deal being confirmed, Conte said:
"We are talking about an English player, a young player. He has good prospects for Chelsea. I think the club decided for this investment also for his contract.

 "I think this is a good opportunity for the club to buy this player.For sure he is a good prospect for Chelsea."

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