Chelsea captain Gary Cahill feels that the signing of Ross Barkley is a “phenomenal” one and a “real bargain”.
Ross Barkley signed for Chelsea last week for a quite extraordinary £15m fee.
Gary Cahill, who is a fellow England teammate of Ross Barkley, spoke highly of the young midfielder having already exchanged text messages. (via GOAL)
“I think it is a great signing. It is a bargain. Looking at this market, in this day and age, it is a snip for a player like him. I’ve played with him and trained with him and I know what the boy is capable of, so does everyone else.
“He’s capable of whatever he wants, if you look at him, he reminds me of Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] in terms of his attributes. Has he got a good left foot? A good right foot? Is he strong? Is he quick? And can he finish? Is he good on the ball? He ticks all the boxes.
“All he needs is a platform just to go and express himself. This club will give him that, like they gave me and gave to other players. It is a big step and it is a good signing. For the money, it has to be a bargain.
“He’s come at a great age. He’s a fantastic age. I say [to him] come here and be confident, but not arrogant. Be confident, but listen and learn from the top players at this football club. Work hard at your game and then you will progress. He knows what he’s got to do.
“Listen, you’re not talking about a young player here. We’re talking about a player that has got over 20 England caps and a player that has played so many games in the Premier League. Even at such a young age, he won’t be needing too much advice from me.
“I’m sure he has that hunger. I text him before he came to see where he is and what not. I think he trained yesterday so I will bump into him on Monday when I get back [to training].”
Ross Barkley did indeed train at Cobham, and Conte said he’ll do all he can to ensure that Barkley features for the Blues to make his debut as soon as possible.