Some Chelsea fans want to keep player Steven Gerrard raved about in 2014, amid reports

Chelsea own a player who’s reportedly wanted by three Premier League clubs in January – and some Blues fans on Twitter have responded to warn them off.

According to TEAMtalk, Newcastle United are leading the race in the attempt to sign Chelsea’s Ross Barkley in the New Year.

The report adds that Everton and Leeds are interested, too. Any kind of deal is most likely to be a loan one with the option to buy.

Barkley, 27, is starting to get minutes in Thomas Tuchel’s first team squad this season. However, the attacking midfielder still seems someway down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge. 

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Barkley has never lived up to hype

Barkley’s shown in glimpses in a Chelsea shirt why he was such a talent at ex-club Everton, but he’s flatted to deceive since his move to London in January 2018.

Steven Gerrard, who was appointed Aston Villa manager on Thursday morning after leaving Rangers, was once a teammate of Barkley for England. 

Gerrard tipped him to become “world class” back in 2014. Unfortunately, the £110,000-a-week man hasn’t been able to make that jump at Chelsea so far. 

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Chelsea fans want to keep him

A selection of Blues supporters on social media say they should keep Barkley as part of their squad. 

He’s made some tidy contributions during eight first-team appearances this campaign, with manager Thomas Tuchel crediting his performance against Burnley before the international break.

It’s no surprise to hear clubs are waiting in the wings to try sign up a player in Barkley who’s not receiving a lot of game time.

Here are Chelsea fans that want to keep him, though:

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.