Chelsea midfielder Barkley: I feel stronger than ever

Chelsea star Ross Barkley is determined to get his career back on track this season, and the 24-year-old has revealed that he feels stronger than ever heading into his first full season as a Blue.

It was a disappointing season last time out for the talented midfielder, who suffered a serious hamstring injury in pre-season, before seeing a deadline day move to Stamford Bridge collapse.

He did however seal a £15 million move from Everton to Chelsea in January, although struggles with form and fitness would see him make only two Premier League appearances under Antonio Conte, as well as missing out on a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Russia.

Still only 24, Barkley has long been heralded as one of English football’s most gifted attacking midfielders, and he is hoping that putting in the hard yards in pre-season training will help him get back to his best.

“I felt good out there,” Barkley told Chelsea’s official website after playing their first game of their pre-season tour.

“We have been working for the last couple of days on tactical work and I have worked hard during the off-season. In this game I felt really strong and I am ready for the season ahead. Game by game I will feel much better and ready for the season.

“I came through a difficult spell with a few little niggles after a long-term injury but now I feel as strong as I have ever felt before, and I am feeling fitter than I have every felt so yeah, I feel good.”

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