Chelsea news: Maurizio Sarri makes bold Ross Barkley prediction

CHELSEA star Ross Barkley has the potential to be great and will become a key player for England.

That’s according to Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.

The midfielder finalised a move to Stamford Bridge from Everton in January but struggled to make an impact during his first six months at the club.

However, he’s shined under Sarri so far and his impressive performances have propelled him back into the international reckoning after being called up to Gareth Southgate’s latest squad.

Barkley bagged his first goal for Chelsea today, as well as providing an assist for Eden Hazard in a 3-0 thrashing of Southampton.

And Sarri believes he’s got a big future ahead of him after witnessing him improve so much in his short time with the west London side.

“He played very well,” he said.

“I am really happy with him.

“From the beginning he has improved day by day, week by week and match by match, so I am very happy with him and for him, for the goal, for the national team.

“I think he had a very serious injury in the previous season, but I think he is improving.

“I said to him from the first day that he has great quality — physical and technical quality.

“But you have to improve from the tactical point of view, but now he has improved.

“I don’t know, but potentially, he is a great player.

“He has quality, very important qualities in the physical and technical point of view.

“Now he is improving in the tactical point of view.

“He will become a very important player in England and for the national team.”

Chelsea return to Premier League action after the international break with a tough test against Manchester United.

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