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Ross Barkley sealed a £15m move from Everton to Chelsea last week Friday and was paraded on the pitch at half time against Arsenal last night.

There have been doubts over the 24-year-old’s future at Chelsea, with many believing that he won’t be able to break into the Chelsea first XI.

However, former Everton striker Tony Cottee has backed Barkley to fulfil his potential at Chelsea and even force his way back into the England set up.

“It was clear that Ross Barkley wasn’t going to sign a new contract at Everton so the club’s hands were tied, needing to secure a fee for him in January rather than let him walk for free in the summer,” Cottee told sportingbet.

“Chelsea probably doubled the wages of Everton’s best offer and you can’t blame Barkley for accepting it. I think it suited all parties for him to move on now.

“I think Barkley will fulfil his potential at Chelsea and become an automatic starter for England during the World Cup.

“Ross will become a much better player by training with top players, learning from the likes of Fabregas and Hazard.”

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