Ross Barkley now is officially Chelsea’ player. The 24-year-old midfielder signed a five-year contract with claimed #8 shirt. Barkley moved from Everton for a £15m transfer fee, which is a quite low price considering his long career in the Toffees.
The player has been in the club for about 13 years and now he is about to fresh start in Stamford Bridge. Remind that Barkley didn’t go to the pitch for seven months because of a hamstring injury and following surgery.
Besides, at the very end of a summer window, the midfielder refused to join Chelsea for £35million. Eventually, Everton has lost about £20m because of Barkley, not including all medical bills and other expenses. Many fans have a lot questions about why the best Toffees player is leaving the club for such a low price even without any explanations.
However, Barkley answered in an interview that he is excited about new start: “I’m overwhelmed right now and really excited for a new start. It’s unbelievable for me to be given a fresh start in such great squad like Chelsea. I’m hoping to continue my career and begin a new season. Of course, I’ll try to improve my play and bring more goals to the squad”.
Also, Antonio Conte added: “I think buying the player is a good choice for our club. He is a young and qualified player who is a good prospect for Chelsea. We welcome Ross and look forward to seeing him in action”.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 5, 2018
£15m for Ross Barkley is the snip of the century!!!
— Philip Neville (@fizzer18) January 5, 2018
Everton have paid an injured player's wages for the past few months and have received £20m less for Ross Barkley. pic.twitter.com/P5g1iE338z
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) January 5, 2018
I will be writing to .@premierleague & .@FA calling for investigation into the circumstances around the transfer of Ross Barkley between Everton and Chelsea. Agent pulls transfer on deadline day of £35 million doesn’t play again transfer 4 months later £20 million
— Joe Anderson (@mayor_anderson) January 5, 2018