Ross Barkley has said his main aim at Chelsea is to win trophies and improve his game season on season. The Liverpudlian said that following six months of speculation he is glad to finally have his future sorted out.
During his first interview as a Chelsea player, Barkley told the club’s official website that he was looking forward to putting his recent injury behind him and reassured the clubs fans that he’s back in full training and ready to hit the ground running.
“I’m looking forward to getting started, putting the injury behind me and trying to be successful at Chelsea. I’m back in training, I’m doing everything as normal and I’m very close to being ready to play games. I’ve been training for a few weeks now and I’m feeling great.”
On his first opportunity to play Champions League football, the 24-year-old couldn’t be more excited.
“It will be the first time I’ve been involved in the competition and every player wants to play in – the Champions League.
“I want to win everything while I’m here and to be competing for all the biggest trophies, as the club does every year.”
Though he has moved ahead of a World Cup summer, the £15 million signing, who’s Everton contract was due to expire in the summer, is not looking too far ahead just yet.
“At the moment I’m just focusing on getting back on the pitch and doing well for Chelsea Football Club.
“If things go well hopefully I’ll get to go to the World Cup, but my main priority is getting back on the pitch, scoring goals and winning games.”
Chelsea travel to Carrow Road this Saturday evening to face Norwich City in the FA Cup third round before hosting Arsenal in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
Despite being back in full training though, Barkley is not expected to feature for the Blues until later in the month.
Antonio Conte’s will face Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League in February.
Barkley will surely have his sights set on that fixture in hope of his Champions League debut, and a baptism of fire in Europe’s premier competition.
Alan Flood, Pundit Arena