After completing his transfer from Everton yesterday, and becoming the latest addition to Antonio Conte’s squad, Ross Barkley spoke to the official Chelsea website and expressed his delight at joining the champions.
The 24-year-old midfielder discussed personal development and his determination to become a winner at Stamford Bridge...
Hi Ross, welcome to the club. Your future has been unclear since the summer, are you glad to finally get it sorted?
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.
You’re eligible to play in all competitions, including the Champions League, that must be really exciting…
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.
You’re still only 24, Are you hoping the move will help your personal development as well?
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.
Do you know any of your new team-mates?
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.
Like you, Gary made the move to the club from up north and signed in January (in 2012), and within a few months he’d won the FA Cup and Champions League. How nice would it be to replicate his achievements?
That would be absolutely unbelievable. You have to set your goals high and the sky’s the limit for this team.
Obviously there is a World Cup on the horizon, is that in your thoughts right now?
At the moment I’m just focusing on getting back on the pitch and doing well for Chelsea Football Club. If things go well hopefully I’ll get to go to the World Cup, but my main priority is getting back on the pitch, scoring goals and winning games.
What have you made of Chelsea during the first half of the season?
The team have been doing really well. The lads have been on a good run recently. Obviously the festive period is tough, with games coming thick and fast, but hopefully I can be a good addition to the squad and we can continue that and get some success along the way.