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Chelsea complete £15m signing of 'overwhelmed' Barkley from Everton

Ross Barkley could be heading to Stamford Bridge this month
Credit Getty Images Ross Barkley could be heading to Stamford Bridge this month Credit Getty Images
Domingo Copeland | 08 January, 2018, 03:40

No fee was given for Barkley, who has not played for fellow Premier League side Everton this season because of a hamstring injury.

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

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.

'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.

The 22-capped England global has not played a single game for the Toffees this season, and has always been prone to injury throughout his career, along with being an inconsistent performer for the Merseyside outfit.

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The 24-year-old England global - who has missed the first half of the season through injury - nearly joined Chelsea in the summer transfer window but rejected a Deadline Day move.

Chelsea's top-flight title defence has faded amid Manchester City's stunning form, with Antonio Conte's men facing a 16-point deficit to the summit.

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". Ross Barkley is a Chelsea player, good luck to him. 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.

"I think this is a good opportunity for the club to buy this player".

While the reaction from Everton fans was slightly downcast for the transfer of a player who to many was supposed to stay at Merseyside club his whole career. Barkley is in the final six-months of his contract at Everton and will thus leave on the cheap with Everton deciding to cash in rather than losing the player in the summer for nothing.

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