Club chief explains why Chelsea have made ‘outstanding’ new signing

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia opens up about Ross Barkley's £15m transfer to the west London club from Everton

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Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia believes that the Blues have landed an “outstanding” player after they confirmed Ross Barkley as their first January signing on Friday afternoon.

The west London side announced that they had agreed a deal to sign the 24-year-old midfielder from Everton after having been heavily linked with him over the last few days.

Barkley has put pen to paper on a five-and-a-half year contract with the west London club and will wear the number eight shirt for the Blues.

And Granovskaia was delighted to see the Blues get the deal over the line.

She told Chelsea’s website: “Ross is a player we have long admired and are certain he will prove to be an important player for Chelsea.

“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.

“We welcome him to the club and look forward to seeing him in action.”

Chelsea are thought to be on the lookout for some more reinforcements this month as Antonio Conte looks to bolster his squad for the second half of the season.

The Blues are currently in third place in the Premier League table as they look to try and overtake Manchester United in the race for second spot.

The west London side also have the small matter of a crunch Champions League last 16 clash against Barcelona looming on the horizon next month.

Chelsea are preparing for their FA Cup third round clash against Norwich City on Saturday.

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