Barkley joins Chelsea

English Premier League

The England international has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with the Premier League champions and will wear the number eight jersey, which was previously worn by Frank Lampard.

"I'm overwhelmed, I'm looking forward to it and I'm really excited to get started," Barkley told the Chelsea website.

"To be given a fresh start at a new club like Chelsea, it's unbelievable for me. I'm looking forward to continuing where I left off at the end of last season and hoping to improve and add more goals to my game."

Club director Marina Granovskaia believes Barkley will be a good asset to the Blues' squad.

"Ross is a player we have long admired and are certain he will prove to be an important player for Chelsea. He possesses outstanding technical and physical attributes, matched with good experience of the Premier League and a strong desire to succeed at the highest level. We welcome him to the club and look forward to seeing him in action," Granovskaia added.