Sport Conte looking to hand Barkley debut quickly

13:45  08 january  2018
13:45  08 january  2018 Source:   Read Sport

Barkley close to being ready for Chelsea debut, says Conte

  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.

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.

As far as Barkley ’s concerned, it’s tough to tell what Conte ’s actual thoughts about this signing might be. The true test will be just how quickly and how much Barkley ends up playing. But as Conte points out

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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.

Ross Barkley signs for Chelsea .
Everton Football Club have today confirmed that they have sanctioned the sale of Ross Barkley to Chelsea. Twitter: | Ross Barkley has completed a move from Everton to Chelsea. (@Everton) The England international had been angling for a move away from Goodison Park since the summer but opted to remain at the club to recover from a long-term injury. He is now building his way back to full fitness and has joined Chelsea in a cut-price deal. Although Barkley had the chance to join the Blues for a fee worth roughly £35 million in the summer, he will now arrive at Stamford Bridge for only £15 million. Barkley came through the ranks at Everton but soon became disillusioned with proceedings as he looked to further his career. He will now hope to make an impression at Chelsea under the tutelage of Antonio Conte, despite the club’s depth in central areas.


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