Following the completion of Ross Barkley’s £15m move to Chelsea on Friday evening, the 24-year-old sat down with the club to answer a few questions.

The attacking midfielder is here for the long run as he penned down a five-and-a-half-year-deal which runs until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Speaking to the Official Chelsea Website, Ross was delighted to finally get the move finalised: “Yes, 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.”

He is certainly positive about the aspect of playing in Europe with the midfielder available for every competition the Blues are in.

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Chelsea face a big test against Barcelona in the next round of the Champions League.

“Yes, of course. 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.”

The English midfielder is only 24 and he believes he can only get better as time goes on.

“Yes, that’s the main thing, 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.”

Barkley has a few familiar faces at Chelsea with a couple of his English team-mates at the club.

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Captain Cahill and Barkley training together with England.

“Yes, I know Gary Cahill from playing with England and I know Danny Drinkwater as well. I’m looking forward to getting to know the other lads, and playing with them as well. There are world class players in the squad and I can’t wait to work with them every day.

“I’ll speak to them all a bit more once we’re training together and I’m mixing with the lads. If I need any advice obviously Gaz will be there for me.”

Talking of Gary Cahill, when he arrived, within six months he had lifted the FA Cup and the Champions League, and Ross would certainly like to achieve that if he could: “That would be absolutely unbelievable. You have to set your goals high and the sky’s the limit for this team.”
Ross Barkley won’t feature on Saturday against Norwich as the midfielder continues to recover from a long-term injury, but congratulations Ross on the move to West London!
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