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Ross Barkley has been speaking with Chelsea‘s official website following his permanent £15m move to Stamford Bridge, which was confirmed yesterday.

The 24-year-old said: “I’m looking forward to getting started, putting the injury behind me and trying to be successful at Chelsea. I’m back in training, I’m doing everything as normal and I’m very close to being ready to play games. I’ve been training for a few weeks now and I’m feeling great”.

The former Everton star could be selected in every competition, including the UEFA Champions League. And Barkley himself confirmed he’s really excited about it: “Yes, of course I am really excited. It will be the first time I’ve been involved in the competition and every player wants to play in the Champions League. I want to win everything while I’m here and to be competing for all the biggest trophies, as the club does every year. My aim is to be a winner”.

Then he added: “I want to continue to improve season after season, which I think I’ve done. I’ve already played a lot of games in the Premier League, I’ve got a lot of experience under my belt and I look forward to showing that”.

 

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho hits back at Antonio Conte‘s words:

Mourinho has to see himself in the past, maybe he was speaking about himself in the past, maybe sometimes people forget what they did, maybe he’s got something like senile dementia,” said the Italian manager earlier today.

And José Mourinho, after his side’s 2-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup at Old Trafford, responded:

“Look, I don’t blame him for the reaction, honestly I don’t blame him. I was speaking about myself, saying I don’t need to behave as a clown to show passion, that I control my emotions in a better way”.

“What never happened to me, and what will never happen to me, is to be suspended for match-fixing, that never happened to me and will never happen”.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was implicated in a match-fixing scandal, while he was in charge as Siena boss, in the 2010/11 campaign in Italy.

Conte was then banned from touchline for four months while in charge at Juventus in season 2012/2013.

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We reported earlier Antonio Conte‘s press conference ahead of upcoming FA Cup clash against Norwich City at Carrow Road.

The Italian manager, when asked about the imminent signing of Ross Barkley, who was unveiled this evening after undergoing his medical at Stamford Bridge, welcomed the 24-year-old: “I think it’s a good opportunity for the club, to sign this player, he’s a good prospect for Chelsea,” Conte said about him.

“He is a good prospect. He is very young, he’s got a lot of space for improvement, he’s strong physically, very technique.

“It’s always very important to understand when he can recover from his injury, he had a bad injury, he is recovering, he´s not been playing for seven months, we hope to recover him very quickly.”

Ross Barkley was closing in on a move to Chelsea on Deadline Day last summer, before the England international changed his mind heading back to Goodison Park.

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Chelsea have just announced the signing of Ross Barkley from Everton on a five-and-a-half-year contract to stay at Stamford Bridge.

And the 24-year-old told Chelsea’s official website: “I’m overwhelmed, I’m looking forward to it and I’m really excited to get started.

“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”.

Barkley, who will wear shirt n°8 with Chelsea, was unveiled after undergoing his medical in London earlier this morning.

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Ross Barkley has put the pen to paper on a five-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea and will wear the number 8 shirt, the club’s official website has announced the deal.

The England international joins the Premier League champions from Everton on a reported £15m move.

The 24-year-old underwent his medical earlier this morning at Stamford Bridge.

It is understood Chelsea were on the verge of completing a move for Barkley on Deadline Day last summer, before he changed his mind and decided to move back to Everton.

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Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is closing in on a move to Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Telegraph, despite he turned down a Chelsea move last summer.

The Premier League champions reportedly placed a new £15m bid for the midfielder, who struggled to find game time under Ronald Koeman and then Sam Allardyce so far.

The England international has not started a single Premier League game since he refused to join Chelsea on Deadline Day after undergoing his medical. Barkley was on the verge of joining the Blues on a reported £30m move, but during the medical changed his mind and travelled back to Finch Farm training ground.

Everton manager Sam Allardyce recently claimed: “The club was resigned to losing Ross [Barkley] before I got here. I can’t see that changing.” Also Tottenham Hotspur are said to be keen on the 24-year-old.

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Yesterday evening at Emirates Stadium striker Alvaro Morata missed a lot of chances to score and he was one of the causes which costed Chelsea two points and the second place in the Premier League‘s table.

Today Morata himself expressed his will to react with a post on Twitter:  “When things don’t go as expected there’s only one way… Work hard!” – the former Real Madrid former player wrote.

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Danish defender Andreas Christensen commented on Chelsea‘s official website yesterday’s draw at Emirates Stadium vs Arsenal in the first Premier League game of 2018 for Antonio Conte‘s side.

From an outside perspective it was a crazy game, I think the players involved would have wanted it to be a bit more calm and at our own tempo but that’s how it was,” – Christensen said – “We were 1-0 down to begin with so to turn it around and go 2-1 up we were super happy about that, but in the end they got the goal. In the changing room we were happy with our performance, and the way we reacted, but we were a little bit disappointed that they got the goal.

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Eden Hazard has no doubt regarding the penalty given to Chelsea after Hector Bellerin kicked the Belgian in the box. “We don’t even need a replay – Hazard said – Yes it’s a penalty.”

Then he added: “The game was 50-50. Both teams played a really good game”.

“Maybe we should have scored more goals, we missed a lot of chances, but at the end I think a draw was a good result for both teams. We are happy.”

On the other hand, Arsenal full-back Bellerin told SkySports“Eden is always very quick in the box. I saw the ball in the air and I tried to challenge for it”.

“We both went for the ball at the same time and the referee thought it was a penalty, so we’ll have to see the replay.”

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Diego Costa returned to action in Atletico Madrid‘s Copa del Rey clash against Lleida last night. The Spaniard scored after 5’ as he came off the bench in the second half to put Los Colchoneros 3-0 up.

Then Costa himself suffered a minor injury while celebrating the goal, and did return to the pitch after receiving treatments on his knee.

The 29-year-old, who left Stamford Bridge in September, was unveiled last week as Atletico Madrid were under a transfer ban until 1st of January 2018.

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