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Conte On Barkley: He Has Great Potential

08 January 2018

For me Barkley has the ability to be one of the best players of his generation, his talents are such that only a handful of Premier League players could be his equivalent - for me he can be that good.

Barkley was close to joining Chelsea in the summer but pulled out at the last minute after deciding to first recover from his long-term injury and then decide upon his future.

Barkley has been handed Frank Lampard's no. 8 jersey at Chelsea, and Conte believes he has the potential.

"To be given a fresh start at a new club like Chelsea, it's unbelievable for me". But that hard work starts now for Barkley - as we have seen with many players, talent is not enough to get you to the top.

The 22-capped England global has not played a single game for the Toffees this season, and has always been prone to injury throughout his career, along with being an inconsistent performer for the Merseyside outfit. He can have good prospects for Chelsea. I think that this could be positive because English players understand this league because they grow up in this league.

Club director Marina Granovskaia added: "Ross is a player we have long admired and are certain he will prove to be an important player for Chelsea. He is very strong physically and has good technique", Conte added.

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"He's very young and I think he has a lot of space for improvement".

A move to Chelsea on transfer deadline day in August did not materialise, but Barkley has now moved to Stamford Bridge for a cut-price fee, reported to be in the region of £15million.

Conte urged caution over expectations for Barkley.

"He had a bad injury and has not played for seven months".

"I've [managed teams who have] played against him a couple of times and he's been terrific and killed us on a couple of occasions".

Conte On Barkley: He Has Great Potential