Antonio Conte has confirmed that he wants to give Ross Barkley Chelsea debut as fast as possible.
Barkley signed for Chelsea on Friday for a fee of £15m on a five-and-a-half-year contract, and Chelsea fans hope to see the new signing feature soon. Conte already has ideas about how to use the young midfielder in his system, despite not seeing him train at Cobham yet.
Speaking to the Evening Standard after our bore draw against Norwich, Antonio said “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.”
Ross Barkley suffered a serious hamstring injury which resulted in him missing the entirety of this season. Prior to leaving Merseyside for London, he was involved in Everton first team training only for a couple of weeks.
“It will be very important to know him very well. For sure before playing we must be sure that he is into our idea of football. Otherwise it’s a problem for him and it’s a problem for the rest of the team.
“Ross Barkley is a really good player. First of all we have the necessity to bring him in the best physical condition. I think he can play in midfield, if we play with three midfielders, or number 10 if we play 3-4-3. Ross Barkley is also a creative player.
“I think he has the quality to score more goals. My priority before is to convince the player to work for the team.
“If you are able to work for the team, the team then exalt your characteristics. We are talking about a talented player and we are happy to have him in our squad.”
It is quite clear that Conte has a lot of confidence in young Barkley, it is up to Ross to return to his full fitness and show his true qualities at training and on the pitch.