Barkley cited his own injury as the reason for the change of mind back then - he hasn't played all season in fact, after undergoing surgery in July - though it seemed like that he really wanted to join Spurs instead.
Speaking ahead of Barkley finalising his move, boss Conte said Chelsea had seen Barkley's contract situation at Everton, where his deal was due to expire this summer, as a "good opportunity" to snap him up.
"To be given a fresh start at a new club like Chelsea, it's unbelievable for..."
Toffees chief Allardyce has wished the 24-year-old well and is relieved the speculation can now stop.
"We have to look at what we bring in, what we can improve the side with and try to move on and make as many league points as we possibly can between now and the end of the season". It is thought he is nearing a return to fitness, while the Telegraph further notes that Barkley has been impressed by Chelsea's persistence.
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"For Chelsea also it would be positive to buy English players because we lost important players like John Terry, Frank Lampard from this club, this country".
'He possesses outstanding technical and physical attributes, matched with good experience of the Premier League and a strong desire to succeed at the highest level.
Conte had expressed his opinion to the Chelsea hierarchy and left them to do the negotiationsm but has been a big fan of Barkley for a long time. I think the club decided for this investment also for his contract.
"I've [managed teams who have] played against him a couple of times and he's been terrific and killed us on a couple of occasions". This player has not played in seven months.