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Sarri hails Ross Barkley’s improvement at Chelsea

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Chelsea chief Maurizio Sarri praised Ross Barkley, stating he can become ‘very important’ for both club and England national team

The 24-year-old midfielder arrived at Stamford Bridge from Everton in summer 2017 but has failed to establish himself under Antonio Conte last season.

However, since the arrival of Sarri, the former Sheffield Wednesday man has got more regular playing time and flourished under the tutelage of the Italian manager.

Barkley’s impressive displays have also earned him a new England national team call-up, with Gareth Southgate seems to be strongly counting on Chelsea star.

According to the British publication, FourFourTwo, Maurizio Sarri is delighted with Barkley’s improvement over the past few months.

“At the beginning, in the first month, Ross was in trouble,” he said. “But then he started to improve in every training session, in every match.

“I am surprised how he has adapted if I think back to the first month, but not if I think of the last two months.”

Moreover, the former Napoli boss believes Barkley could become irreplaceable in Chelsea as well as in the national team.

“I like Ross very much. He is a complete player. He has physical qualities, he is fast. Technically he’s very good.

“He kicks well with his left foot and his right. He’s improving in moving the ball. He has become mentally quicker and he is improving tactically. He is on the way to becoming a very important midfielder, not only for us but also for England.”