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.

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.

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Walken
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Kurt

Bitter Everton fans again..
I hope Ross goes on and fulfills the potential everybody knows he has…. he's got all the tools in his locker to be a top top player

agreed mate, I still enjoy watching stones play, and will still enjoy ross playing, as I'm not so bitter and pathetic that my objective opinion of someone as footballer changes because they make a decision that upsets me, good to see there are some like minded lads about

arch stanton
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he may get a game on the bench now that pedro is banned for a game.

SantaClausisanEvertonian
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I can't stand this average footballer but, to be fair, he's had a great game so far in his new role at Chelsea. He's looked solid every time the cameras have caught him and he's not misplaced a single pass.
He does seem a little off the pace however but he should last the full ninety minutes based on what I've seen so far.

carolinablue232
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dublinbluenose

Not eligible – wasn't registered in time for the first match so can't play in the replay.

But will be sold for a profit in quick smart time no doubt.

Want to start a pool? I’ll take 30m to West Ham in 18 months.

dublinbluenose
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Abraders

Still can't even make it onto the bench I see Ross.

Be sold in a couple years him.

Not eligible – wasn't registered in time for the first match so can't play in the replay.

But will be sold for a profit in quick smart time no doubt.