Barton: Barkley refused Chelsea move because Conte kept his phone off


Barton: Barkley refused Chelsea move because Conte kept his phone off

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Joey Barton has revealed that the reason Ross Barkley refused to move to Chelsea on transfer deadline day was that manager Antonio Conte switched off his phone.

Barkley’s Chelsea link was heavily talked about on the day with some even claiming that he had undergone medical – something which the player later denied.

But according to Barton, Barkley refused because he was not given any clarification on his potential Blues role.

“I heard a really interesting thing about what happened with the Ross Barkley transfer.” Barton told TalkSport. “Conte turned his phone off and Barkley’s representatives were trying to contact him.

“He wanted to say: ‘Look, where am I going to play’ and Conte turned his phone off. That is why Barkley got cold feet and never signed.

“He thought: ‘Well, if the manager isn’t answering the phone to me he clearly doesn’t want me’, and that is why he went back to Everton.”

The Blues were heavily hit by the loss of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United, but spent no less than £57 million on transfer deadline day to total their key signings to five this summer.

It is still believed that they will go after Barkley during the January transfer window as the player’s contract runs out at the end of this season.




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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 30 65 81
2 Manchester United FC 30 35 65
3 Liverpool FC 31 39 63
4 Tottenham Hotspur FC 30 34 61
5 Chelsea FC 30 25 56
6 Arsenal FC 30 14 48
7 Burnley FC 30 1 43
8 Leicester City FC 30 2 40
9 Everton FC 31 -13 40
10 AFC Bournemouth 31 -12 36
11 Watford FC 31 -16 36
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 -12 34
13 Newcastle United FC 30 -10 32
14 Swansea City FC 30 -17 31
15 Huddersfield Town 31 -27 31
16 Crystal Palace FC 31 -18 30
17 West Ham United FC 30 -21 30
18 Southampton FC 30 -15 28
19 Stoke City FC 31 -29 27
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 31 -25 20