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 38 79 100
2 Manchester United FC 38 40 81
3 Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 38 77
4 Liverpool FC 38 46 75
5 Chelsea FC 38 24 70
6 Arsenal FC 38 23 63
7 Burnley FC 38 -3 54
8 Everton FC 38 -14 49
9 Leicester City FC 38 -4 47
10 Newcastle United FC 38 -8 44
11 Crystal Palace FC 38 -10 44
12 AFC Bournemouth 38 -16 44
13 West Ham United FC 38 -20 42
14 Watford FC 38 -20 41
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -20 40
16 Huddersfield Town 38 -30 37
17 Southampton FC 38 -19 36
18 Swansea City FC 38 -28 33
19 Stoke City FC 38 -33 33
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 38 -25 31