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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley is having a good season with the Blues under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

The 24-year-old joined Chelsea from Everton in January but failed to make any impression at Stamford Bridge last season after an injury hit campaign.

However, the former Evertonian has started the season well and has been a key player for Sarri. Barkley is now being tipped to return to the England national team, and he has owed his good form to the new manager.

“I had a difficult time last season with a lot of injuries,” Barkley said.

“It was bound to be frustrating, but I was mentally tough as I have been with previous injuries. My focus was on here coming here and improving, and I believe even when I wasn’t playing games I was still improving in training and understanding the different movements of the players and getting used to them.

“This season I have got a strong pre-season under my belt and now I am kicking on. I am feeling as fit as I have ever felt before.

“Sarri has given me the chance to play and I have played, and I hope I have taken my chance.”

Barkley who was injured for most part of last season has featured in more minutes for the team this season than he did all through last term. The 24-year-old is expected to start in Chelsea’s Europa League clash against MOL Vidi tomorrow.

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