Chelsea signing can go to next level under Antonio Conte, claims ex-England boss

Former England boss Steve McClaren has high hopes for Ross Barkley at his new club Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley Photo: Screen grab

Ross Barkley can go to the next level at Chelsea, Steve McClaren has claimed.

The England international completed a £15m move to the defending Premier League champions Chelsea last week.

Barkley has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the west London side to start a new chapter in his career.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has failed to realise his undoubted talent at Goodison Park.

The Liverpudlian talent hasn’t been able to establish himself as a regular in the England team given his poor performances at Everton.

Barkley will work under Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge, with the Italian coach known as a hard task master.

Former England manager McClaren believes Barkley will improve in a more disciplined role in Conte’s team.

“He has been loose and indisciplined,” McClaren told Sky Sports. “He will get that at Chelsea. It will take him to a different level.”

Chelsea played out a frustrating goalless draw with 10-man Leicester City at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday.

Barkley was linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer in a £35m deal but the England star turned down a move at Stamford Bridge.

The England star scored 27 times in 179 games in all competitions during his eight-season spell in the Everton first team.

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