Barkley completes £15 million Chelsea move

Barkley completes £15 million Chelsea move

Midfielder Ross Barkley has described his £15m move from Everton to Chelsea as “unbelievable” and “a fresh start”.

The England international, 24, has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with last season’s Premier League champions.

Barkley, who leaves Everton after 13 years at Goodison Park, has not played for seven months because of a hamstring injury and had surgery in August.

“He’s very young and has a lot of space for improvement,” said Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

“He’s a good prospect but at the same time, it will be very important to understand, if the player signs, we must have patience to help him recover.”

Barkley turned down a £30m move to Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day in August after rejecting a new deal at Everton.

But with his Goodison contract expiring in the summer, he has now moved for £15m less.

He will wear the number eight shirt at Chelsea – previously worn by Frank Lampard and Oscar.

“To be given a fresh start at a new club like Chelsea, it’s unbelievable for me,” said Barkley, who made his Toffees debut in 2011.

Barkley joined Everton’s academy as an 11-year-old in 2005 and played 150 times in the Premier League, scoring 21 goals.

He has 22 caps for England and played at the 2014 World Cup.

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