Ross Barkley reveals: This is why I picked Chelsea over Tottenham and Arsenal

ROSS BARKLEY is relishing the chance to showcase his talent in the Champions League for Chelsea.

The 24-year-old completed his long-awaited move to Stamford Bridge yesterday in a £15m switch from Everton.

A transfer failed to materialise in the summer after Barkley suffered a serious hamstring tear.

But the England international has revealed he is almost ready to play games again.

The midfielder did not feature at all this season for Everton, and he won’t be ready for Chelsea’s FA Cup third round tie at Norwich today (5.30pm).

However, he will have plenty of opportunities with Antonio Conte’s side still in four competitions.

Chelsea will go head-to-head with Barcelona in February.

And when asked whether he is excited at the prospect of Champions League action, Barkley told Chelsea’s official website: “Yes, of course.

“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.

“My aim is to be a winner.”

Barkley knows Chelsea team-mate Gary Cahill from their time together with England.

The club captain joined in similar fashion in 2012, arriving in January from a team up north.

Cahill lifted the FA Cup and Champions League trophies within six months of signing.

And on the possibility of replicating that, Barkley added: “That would be absolutely unbelievable.

“You have to set your goals high and the sky’s the limit for this team.”

Barkley will now look to build up fitness ahead of his Chelsea debut.

The Blues host Arsenal in their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday before Leicester visit in the Premier League next Saturday.

Barkley will certainly be back in action this month.

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