Former Everton coach Alan Stubbs claims Ross Barkley rejected a switch to Chelsea on transfer deadline day as the midfielder was in doubts regarding his game time at the Stamford Bridge, according to reports from Metro.
Ross Barkley in action against Arsenal
Ross Barkley was Chelsea boss’ Antonio Conte’s target in the summer and Chelsea managed to agree a deal with Everton, but it couldn’t capitalize as the player rejected a move at the last moment while his medical with the Blues. There was a speculation behind his reason to snub the Premier League Champions, but it seems that Stubbs has found the answer.
Barkley will welcome a move now
The 23 year old has been an Everton starter until last season and he had fears that whether he will be able to enjoy as much time as he used to at Goodison.
While being asked if Barkley feared game time at Chelsea, Stubbs said, ” Yes, It looked like he was going to Chelsea but he had a change of heart at the last minute and decided against it.”
The former Everton player also added that the player wanted to be assured about his game time at Chelsea but the West London club couldn’t promise him that he will be starting regularly. Stubbs also admitted that this might be one of his many reasons to stay at Everton.
But since then Barkley hasn’t been involved with Everton as well and a move as early as January looks very prominent, and the reports are that Conte may again go for him as the Italian wants to bolster his squad. The likes of Arsenal and Tottenham may also make a move if it is necessary for the North Londoners.
Barkley will also be looking for a club to reestablish himself and push for a berth for himself for the World Cup squad next summer in Russia.