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

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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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