Observer on Saturday - - Sport - Mail Daily

Ross Barkley has signed for Chelsea from Ever­ton, the 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.

Twenty-four-year-old Barkley has signed a five-and-a-half-year con­tract,


which runs un­til 2023. “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.”

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 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 to­day 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”.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Swaziland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.