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Ross Barkley joined Chelsea in January from Everton for £15m, and the former Everton man is proving to be a bargain buy for the Blues.

After struggling to find his feet under Antonio Conte last season, the 24-year-old has become a key player for Maurizio Sarri and has also reclaimed his place in England’s midfield as well after being out for over a year.

West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere has hailed Barkley for his strength and working hard to be where he is now.

He told The Sun: “It all comes down to having trust in your own ability. People can say what they want.

“Ross is the perfect example. I’m so happy for him. He’s a good friend of mine and we were together at the World Cup in Brazil.

“He has always been a great player and sometimes it takes time for players to find their feet.

“Obviously, he moved clubs and you can also pick up a few injuries.

“But then it all comes down to him, his inner belief and, at the end of the day, his football ability has done the talking.

“I’ve always been confident and believed in myself. That is important in football because you can go through tough times.

“But if you always believe in yourself, you let your football do the talking.”

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