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Ross Barkley came through the ranks at Goodison Park and first made his breakthrough into the Everton senior side at the start of the 2011/12 campaign.

Barkley made his breakthrough at Goodison Park from the 2013/14 campaign, and it was since then that the youngster really made a name for himself – eventually making 179 appearances and bagging 27 goals in his time with his boyhood club to become a fan favourite.

However, Barkley left Everton on a sour note with the fans as Chelsea signed him only for £15m January last year despite being close to a move to Stamford Bridge six months earlier for a fee of £30m.

Barkley has now revealed that the move from Everton to Chelsea has made him a better player after a nice time with England on international duty.

“Yes, exactly,” Barkley remarked when asked if the change was necessary for him.

“I am away from my family and down in London by myself. I am in a totally different environment from Liverpool. I miss being with my family, it is totally different. It is how I am maturing as a person and a player. It is good.

“Since I made the move it was good to challenge myself and win trophies and to improve as a player. I’ve changed compared to when I was 18, 19 or 20. My diet is much better. My approach to games is much better and I am going into them with the right preparation and I am more relaxed, rather than think about things too much.

“I will keep working hard and it will come.”

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