Everton's Ross Barkley denies talk of undergoing medical with Chelsea
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has rejected reports that he underwent a medical with Chelsea on the final day of the transfer window.
Barkley was reported to have undergone a medical with Chelsea on Thursday before turning down a last-minute move to the Premier League champions.
Everton owner Farhad Moshiri said that, after a £35 million fee and personal terms had been agreed, the England international changed his mind regarding the transfer following the medical.
However, Barkley took to Twitter on Saturday to dismiss talk of a medical taking place and added that he did not want to make any decision about a transfer while he remains out with a hamstring injury.
Contrary to a number of reports in the press, I did not undertake a medical with any club at any point.— Ross Barkley (@RBarkley20) September 2, 2017
I simply decided that due to my injury, it would be best to make a decision on my future and assess all my options in January when fully fit— Ross Barkley (@RBarkley20) September 2, 2017
Thanks for all of the support.— Ross Barkley (@RBarkley20) September 2, 2017
Barkley is in the final year of his contract at Everton and has signalled his intention to leave Goodison Park.
He will be able to negotiate a precontract agreement with interested clubs from Jan. 1, though it remains to be seen whether Chelsea will renew their interest in him after signing Danny Drinkwater from Leicester for £35m on deadline day.
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