Conte on Barkley

Speaking at today’s media conference just a few hours before the transfer of Ross Barkley to Chelsea was completed, Antonio Conte shared some thoughts on the midfielder.

With the transfer window now open for business, the 24-year-old became our latest signing when he joined from Everton.

‘We are talking about an English player, a young player, with good prospects for Chelsea,’ Conte said. ‘It’s a good opportunity for the club to buy this player. He’s a good prospect.

‘He’s very young, I think he has a lot of space for improvement, he’s very strong physically with good technique.

‘He’s a good prospect but it’s very important to understand when he can recover from his injury. He had a bad injury, he had surgery and he hasn’t played for seven months. We must have great patience and, at the same time, hope to recover him very quickly so he can help us for the rest of the season.’