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Sport Conte looking to hand Barkley debut quickly

13:45  08 january  2018
13:45  08 january  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Barkley to have Chelsea medical today

  Barkley to have Chelsea medical today Ross Barkley is due to undergo a Chelsea medical today and is being predicted to complete a switch to Stamford Bridge by the end of the day. Paul Joyce of The Times reports that the player is closing in on a move to the current Premier League champions for a fee believed to be £15 million. Twitter: Ross Barkley to have medical today at Chelsea. Fee in region of £15m (@_pauljoyce) The player has been a long-term target for Chelsea, who came close to securing a deal for the player in the summer. Barkley turned down a big-money move to Chelsea at the last minute as he wanted to focus on his recovery. The midfielder is yet to feature for Everton this season but is believed to be back to full fitness. Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte is in the market for reinforcements during January and Barkley would be available in the Champions League.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is hoping to hand Ross Barkley his debut for the club as quickly as he can. Alternative players to Gonzalo Higuain who Chelsea could look to sign.

Antonio Conte has confirmed he hopes to give Ross Barkley his Chelsea debut as quickly as possible. But after seeing his side labour to a disappointing 0-0 draw at Norwich in the FA Cup Third Round on Saturday, Conte admits he is looking to involve Barkley soon.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is hoping to hand Ross Barkley his debut for the club as quickly as he can.

Conte has revealed that Barkley is currently undergoing training sessions with the fitness coach in a bid to speed up his return to full fitness.

Barkley is yet to make a senior appearance this season, having been injured for the first-half of the season.

Speaking to The Evening Standard, Conte said this:

“My hope is to have this player very quickly. On Saturday he started to have a training session with the fitness coach.”

“It’s important for me to see him, to understand his physical condition, to improve his physical condition, to work with us, into our ideas.”

“From Monday I’ll see him and then we’ll start to prepare a programme, a plan to have him very good.”

The midfielder completed a £15m move to Chelsea last Friday from Everton, for whom he was injured for.

Chelsea were interested in signing Barkley last summer but the nature of his injury, and Everton’s asking price, seemingly delayed the move until January.

Barkley returned to training late last month, but could still take a few weeks before making his debut for Chelsea.

Barkley close to being ready for Chelsea debut, says Conte .
The former Everton star could make his Blues debut at home to Norwich next week, even though the midfielder is "not ready 100 per cent"Antonio Conte believes Ross Barkley could be ready to make his Chelsea debut next week in the FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich City.

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