Ross Barkley has today completed a £15 million switch to Stamford Bridge to finally put an end to speculation regarding his future.
The 24-year-old came through the youth system at Everton, joining the club back in 2005.
The club stuck by the Wavertree-born midfielder through two severe leg breaks early in his career.
A boyhood Evertonian, Barkley made his debut for the Toffees against Queens Park Rangers in 2011 and went on to make 179 appearances for the club, scoring 27 times.
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Capped by England on 22 occasions, Barkley joins Antonio Conte’s reigning Champions on a long term contract.
Conte said: “For sure we’re talking about a young player, an English player. He can have good prospects for Chelsea.
“I think the club decided on this investment also for his contract, I think it is a good opportunity for the club to buy this player.“
The deal leaves Everton with a sour taste in their mouth and wondering what could’ve been, with Chelsea reportedly offering a staggering £35 million in the summer, but Barkley instead chose to stick around and run his contract down to its final six months.