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Gary Cahill expects 'great signing' Ross Barkley to 'tick all the boxes' for Chelsea

England midfielder joined from Everton on Friday, four months after initially turning down the Premier League champions.

Ross Barkley has not played this season having undergone surgery on his hamstring. Alex Livesey / Getty Images
Ross Barkley has not played this season having undergone surgery on his hamstring. Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Chelsea captain Gary Cahill is convinced the Premier League champions will offer the right "platform" for Ross Barkley to shine following the midfielder's move from Everton.

Having entered the final six months of his contract, Barkley, 24, completed a reported £15 million (Dh74.7m) transfer to Chelsea on Friday, four months after turning down the club's initial approach last summer, opting instead to remain at Everton to focus on recovering from hamstring surgery.

The England midfielder, who has made 22 appearances for his national team, is continuing his return to fitness at his new club, and Barkley's new captain is confident he will prove a success.

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"I think it’s a great signing," Cahill told the Chelsea website. "If you look at the market in this day and age, it’s a snip for a player like him. I’ve played with him and trained with him, so I know what he is capable of and so does everybody else.

"He’s capable of whatever he wants. If you’re looking at attributes, has he got two good feet, is he strong, is he quick, can he finish, is he comfortable on the ball? He ticks all the boxes and now he’s just ready for a platform to go and express himself.

"This club will give him that, like it did me and like it did for other players, and it’s down to him to go and take it. It’s a very exciting signing and for the money that’s been paid, it has to be a bargain.

"He’s come at a great age, that’s another thing. I’d say come and be confident, but not arrogant. Come and listen and learn from the players at this football club, work hard at your game and you will progress.

"He knows what he’s got to do – you’re talking about somebody who has got 20-odd England caps and a player who has played many, many games in the Premier League, even at such a young age.

"I texted him before he came, he trained on Friday with some of the other lads and I’ll bump into him for the first time on Monday when we get back in."

Published: January 8, 2018 07:12 PM

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